One thing that I find irritating about internet radio, is the fact that it is well designed to be listened to on your computer, but not on your phone. Smartphones actually play internet radio very well, the issue is that for most, it is a little tricky to first of all, find a media player that can play streaming audio but then, it’s even more tricky to find out the internet radio address for the station you need. These addresses are rarely publicised visually and require digging through website or playlist code to track down.
The station that I was having issues with was Dundee University’s own Discover Radio. After tracking down the address for the radio stream, I found it tricky to find an easy to use player on Android that I could just feed this address. This seemed odd to me as the Android MediaPlayer class can play these streams natively.
So I decided to make an Android App to do this for me. The Discover Radio App is now available to download from the Android Market Place.
With a friend of mine being a DJ at Strathclyde University’s Strathclyde Fusion, I’d already become irritated by the lack of web player on their website, the link provided to listen to their station only produced a windows media player playlist which, when I’m working on my Mac, is not natively supported. So with a few tweaks to the code, out came the Strathclyde Fusion app too.
Now Discover Radio, being a student radio station, has a habit of going off air, mainly at night or on Sundays when there aren’t enough students on campus to keep it running. With this in mind, I wanted to listen to my other local radio stations, TayFM, Wave102 and TayAM.
Once again, no apps existed for these stations and so I compiled all of my efforts into one single app, Dundee Radio for Android will allow you to listen to all four radio stations native to the fair city of Dundee.