Find Internet Radio stations by name, song or artists

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 7, 2013
Music and Video

Internet radio is a great alternative to terrestrial radio that offers several advantages to the listener. First, you have more choice when it comes to selecting a station that you want to listen to. Second, many stations concentrate on a music genre so that you know that the songs they play will be more to your liking. Third, stations exist for every niche imaginable. Four, you can easily record the music using programs such as StreamWriter or RarmaRadio.

There is another advantage that you can make use of: search. If you are interested in a particular artist or band, or a single song that you are dying to hear, you can use search engines to find out if any Internet radio station is currently offering that to you.

While you can use a search engine like Bing or DuckDuckGo for that, it is not the best of ideas as their indexes do not get updated in real-time which means that you will only find outdated information listed there.

Radio Search

One option that you have is to visit a radio directory such as Shoutcast directly and search for the information you are looking for. Just search for a station name, artist, genre or song using the search on top and you receive a listing of radio stations that match the query.

radio search
shoutcast search for Dire Straits

The Firefox extension Radio Search improves the process further. Instead of having to visit a radio directory manually, you can now search for highlighted text on any Internet website you visit.

Just mark the text, a band name, song name or radio station, and select the radio search option from the context menu and then one of the supported directories. There is unfortunately no option to search them all in one go.

The add-on supports several popular directories including Shoutcast, Icecast, Streema, TuneIn or

You are automatically redirected to the results page on the website of the service that you have selected for search, where all matching stations are displayed to you.

This works really well for radio stations, quite well for bands that you are interested in, and okay-ish for song names that you want to find. The reason here is that the majority of directories do not display the song that is currently playing, but the song that got recently played.

What this means is that you will only get stations in the results that played the song before, but not right now. Still, it is an indicator that it has played the song making it likely that it will be played again.

You may want to use the search option multiple times to search several of the directories if the first one did not provide you with the desired results.

internet radio search firefox


If you stumble upon band or song names regularly while you are browsing the Internet and like to listen to the music you stumble upon, then Radio Search may help you do so. It is not as comfortable as searching on YouTube or other video hosting sites though, but if you prefer radio as it provides you with an endless stream of music that you can run in the background and in your favorite music player, then Radio Search is a helpful tool in that regard.

If you are not using Firefox, you can still search by visiting the supported sites directly in your browser of choice.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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