Thursday, September 17, 2009

Streaming Radio Tool Tip browser

I am a fan of streaming radio, however one thing has always bugged me. The fact that you have to use a browser window to listen to the streams. I would often accidentally close the browser window while listening to the stream, only to have to browse back the to site to re-open the stream. So I decided to write a browser wrapper application that you could then minimize to your windows systray. It is not a browser replacement, it is mainly designed to listen to streaming radio.

1) It minimizes to your systray, so no more accidentally closing the browser window.

2) It auto starts back up with the last station you were listening to. So you can put a shortcut to it in your start up.

3) It remembers the url history like IE or FF, but uses its own list, so you can have a short list of stations you listen to.

4) You can use it to listen to streaming radio web sites or you can use it to listen to web casts or even pandora online. I know there is a pandora desktop, but this provides an alternative.

Easiest way to use it, is open a station you listen to normally using a regular browser, then just copy the url into the tooltip browser app.

NOTE: I do not have a place to upload a setup yet, but I will be looking for a way to upload it so that others can install it.

Image of using it to listen / watch a web cast (The BCast):