Radio Tuna has come a long way from it’s humble beginnings. It all began when Chris, one of the founders, was tinkering around with radio stream playback using Adobe Flash in mid 2008, and came up with the original Radio Tuna, a Flash online radio player…
This radio player has a very clever feature: tone controls (a web first for embeddable radio players). This isn’t normally possible with a traditional Flash-based radio player – if you want to know a bit more about how it works, you should read the original post.
This basic (but nonetheless nifty) player is the seed for all that has followed. At first we added ‘now playing’ info and then album art, then we thought it would be a good idea to make multiple radio stations available, then we thought those stations should be searchable… which led us to where we are now.
The funny thing is (as you may have noticed), we don’t have tone controls on the player on radiotuna.com, and in fact almost none of the original code is used in the final website. Sadly, to get this feature working for other broadcasters, we would need to persuade them to install additional software on their servers. If there is significant interest in this player, we might spin this off as a side project, but for the time being we’re going to devote our attention to making Radio Tuna the best place listen to online radio on the web.