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):

1 comment:

andy said...

Web casting, or broadcasting over the internet, is a media file (audio-video mostly) distributed over the internet using streaming media technology. Streaming implies media played as a continuous stream and received real time by the browser (end user). Streaming technology enables a single content source to be distributed to many simultaneous viewers. Streaming video bandwidth is typically calculated in gigabytes of data transferred. It is important to estimate how many viewers you can reach, for example in a live webcast, given your bandwidth constraints or conversely, if you are expecting a certain audience size, what bandwidth resources you need to deploy.

To estimate how many viewers you can reach during a webcast, consider some parlance:
One viewer: 1 click of a video player button at one location logged on
One viewer hour: 1 viewer connected for 1 hour
100 viewer hours: 100 viewers connected for 1 hour…

Typically webcasts will be offered at different bit rates or quality levels corresponding to different user’s internet connection speeds. Bit rate implies the rate at which bits (basic data units) are transferred. It denotes how much data is transmitted in a given amount of time. (bps / Kbps / Mbps…). Quality improves as more bits are used for each second of the playback. Video of 3000 Kbps will look better than one of say 1000Kbps. This is just like quality of a image is represented in resolution, for video (or audio) it is measured by the bit rate.