Screamer Radio 1.0 has been released a couple of days ago as a portable version and installer for all supported versions of Microsoft Windows.
Probably the biggest change introduced in Screamer Radio 1.0 is that Windows XP is no longer supported.
Users who use machines with Windows XP may use the previous version of Screamer Radio to continue using the program.
The author revealed several reasons for dropping support for XP. For one, XP was holding back development because some components would not work at all, or not without fixing issues. Another reason given was that Microsoft dropped support for XP two years ago, and that users should not really be using the operating system anymore.
The only other changes are options to export favorite radio stations. This can be useful for backup purposes, or for importing those stations on another system.
Screamer Radio 1.0 ships with a new installer. The program used Microsoft's ClickOnce solution, but it was complicated and caused all kinds of issues. The new installer is called Squirrel and is simpler and better according to the author.
Users can still download the portable version to use it without any form of installation.
The program itself is an Internet Radio player that is easy to use and ships with a truckload of stations that you can tune in right away, and support for custom radio stations on top of that.
While you get support for that in several popular media players as well, say AIMP with its library, it is Screamer Radio's simplicity that may be its most appealing feature.
Start the program, click on a station, and start listening right away.
The "stations" listing is tag based which means that you can type tags to find stations of interest. The search tag:"classic rock" finds all classic rock stations for instance. While you may use the tag parameter for that, you can also simply enter "classic rock" to find those stations as well.
Screamer Radio 1.0 supports the playback of Internet Radio but does not ship with recording options. While you may not need those, users who require them need to look elsewhere for a solution. The excellent program StreamWriter is an option. Consult our Internet Radio recorders overview for other solutions.
Screamer Radio is one of those programs that you either like a lot, or cannot understand why anyone would use it. Considering that you can tune in to Internet Radio stations using most media players, it is understandable that some users prefer that solution.
Users who want a simple, unobtrusive and easy to use program to play Internet Radio may find Screamer Radio useful for that purpose.
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