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Tray Radio is a free internet radio player that can record streams and play music

Pandora and other online radio services may be cool, but they lack the charm of a real station. Programs like Screamer Radio are great for this as they provide you with access to thousands of Internet radio stations from all over the world.

Tray Radio is a free internet radio player that can record streams and play music

Tray Radio is a similar freeware application that you can use to listen to internet radio stations. The application, true to its name, is located in the system tray when you run it. Left-clicking the icon brings up an equalizer and the playback controls. Hit the stop button to stop streaming music.

Tray Radio controls

Adding Radio Stations

Method 1

To access Tray Radio's options, right-click on the icon. Select the Install Station Packet menu item to get started. You'll notice it is partly in Dutch (because the developer is from The Netherlands). Clicking on a region shows the names of the available channels, and they are in English. Check the channels you want to install and hit the Save button. Right-click on the tray icon and you will notice that the radio stations that you added are available.

Tray Radio Station Packet Install

You can manually add radio Station packets, too, but they need to be in the ZIP or TRSP format. A Station packet is nothing but the radio station name, its streaming link, a menu name of your choice and the logo. Hit the Station Packet Creator to add your own; it's a bit buggy as it wouldn't recognize the logos and wouldn't save without a logo. I'd recommend using method 3 for adding stations.

Tray Radio has several European language stations ready for installation. English speaking readers can use the Blues FM, Engeland National (includes BBC), or Soma FM, which still gets you about 40 stations.

Tray Radio Stations

Method 2

Same drill, right-click on the icon and select Shoutcast search. This window allows you to search for radio stations by Top 500 (not customizable), or by keywords and genres. Select a station from the result and you can play it, and also view some of its information. To save it, click the "Add to Favorites" button. This option adds the saved radio station to the main menu of Tray Radio.

Method 3

In this method, you'll need the streaming URL of the internet radio station you want to add. Give the station a name, and paste the link of its logo (optional), hit the save button. You'll be able to access the radio station from the tray icon's "Manually Configured Stations".

Tray Radio manually add stations

Some radio stations have the URL on their website, like Soma FM does. For other stations, go to their website and play the stream in your browser. Select "Inspect Element" to bring up the developer tools. The network tab should display the stream's URL. Not all sites display the URL, so you'll have to find it some other way.

Stream Quality Issues and Fix

Some stations were choppy and I assumed the program was causing it. I gave it a few days and noticed that it only happened with some channels. BBC Radio and many other stations were working fine. I fired up Screamer Radio to see if it was better, and experienced the same issues with the same stations. In fact, a few seconds later it always displayed a message saying connection lost. That's when I decided to try a VPN to see if it was a server issue, and it worked perfectly.

So, the jittery stream quality wasn't the program's fault, but a connectivity issue. Just make sure that the VPN server location is at the same country as the radio station operates from. I also noticed that a laggy stream can in turn cause the program to lag badly.

Lyrics

Tray Radio displays the station name next to its icon when it's active. Left click on it to view the lyrics panel.

Tray Radio Lyrics

You can customize the lyrics' text size, type, and the background color. It also works in full screen, to switch to the full screen mode, right-click on the station name on the status bar.

Tray Radio stream info

Hover over the tray icon to view the current radio station's information (name, bit rate).

Music Player and Recorder

The Media Player can menu can be used to access the built-in music player in Tray Radio. The program is capable of playing MP3, M4A, WMA audio files. To record a radio station's stream left click on the icon (equalizer screen), and hit the record button. The recording will be saved as an MP3 in the default folder, you can set the folder from the configuration > General menu.

Tray Radio isn't without flaws. It's a bit slow to switch stations, and sometimes the lyrics don't work, though that can be due to the stream. If you have the patience for that, it's a good program.

Radios have always been special to me. I have used Transistor Radios (portable ones with knobs), Pocket Radios, Mobile phones (Nokia devices in the mid-2000s), and of course smartphones. Radio Garden is a website you can use from any web browser. What about you, which radio software do you use?

And to all of our readers, a Happy World Radio Day (it was yesterday, but nevertheless).

Tray Radio

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  1. chesscanoe said on February 14, 2020 at 3:54 pm
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    I like classical music and WCRB is easy to play in any browser I have tried. You actually have a choice of several classical feeds at https://www.classicalwcrb.org/schedule#stream/1 so if one stream is not to your liking at any particular time, it is easy to switch to another. I use AIMP for more specialized playlists at potentially higher quality, but the referenced WCRB URL best suits me most of the time.

  2. BOB555 said on February 14, 2020 at 5:38 pm
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    Which radio software do you use?

    I just use my browser if need be, and I still listen to real radio sometimes.

    As for recording, I have some free software that records any audio stream, and it has a timer, but I haven’t used that in years.

    Another choice is I would record the audio AND the video of the site in my browser. That way, I would get a visual record of what songs where played, as I never recorded stations that had deejays, as with Soma FM.

    More so, I randomly play music from my vast and huge mp3 collection in Foobar 2000. I have that running 24/7 and broadcast it locally over FM radio (FCC compliant).. I also have a huge collection of classic/funny PSA commercials and comedy shorts that I play with my music.

    I used to listen to shortwave radio when I was a kid, such as Radio Netherlands Worldwide, and the cold war propaganda from Radio Moscow.

    In the ’80s I worked at a commercial rock radio station when I was 18 to 20 years. I prepped guest artists that we interviewed. I got free concert tickets and got to talk with some music legends, such as Elvis Costello and Jake Riviera.

    Now I just play video games and fart around on the web. Yawn.

    1. Peterc said on February 15, 2020 at 5:06 pm
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      @BOB555:

      “In the ’80s I worked at a commercial rock radio station when I was 18 to 20 years. I prepped guest artists that we interviewed.”

      If you haven’t seen the movie “Almost Famous” (2000), you really should … if only for the radio-interview scene. ;-)

      1. BOB555 said on February 18, 2020 at 7:40 pm
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        @Peterc

        Almost Famous (2000), yup, I’ve seen that, ha. I liked that movie.

        Yup, I have many fond memories chatting with folks in the station’s “green room”, such as after talking with Alan Parsons he gave me all his LPs. I also partied with Jock McDonald, who went on about how he invented punk rock and that Malcolm McLaren stole his mojo or whatever.. LOL, Jock was high. Good times.

        I got that radio job because I kept winning concert tickets each month via a simple phreaking hack via a tweaked system, and thus got to know the studio staff. They then closed the door to may hack, but I soon ended up working there, with more free concerts and other perks. All good, except for my thieving hack, ha. Well, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs also phreaked, so I guess it wasn’t that bad?

        And then there was college radio and later the TV studio, but I’ve leave those stories for my memoir that I’ll never write.

        See’ya around Peterrific.

  3. Anonymous said on February 15, 2020 at 1:08 am
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    Still better than Groove.

  4. Fyr said on February 15, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    Tried them all and TapinRadio is my favorite!

  5. Dave said on February 15, 2020 at 6:32 am
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    Winamp v5.666 still works just fine.

    If that’s not enough just go to the shoutcast page in your browser. (this is especially great for mobile devices to avoid all those ads).

  6. Jojo said on February 15, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    RadioDroid2 on Android is the best. Comes with over 25k radio stations that are community added.

  7. remi said on February 15, 2020 at 1:01 pm
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  8. Tommi Raulahti said on February 15, 2020 at 1:02 pm
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    For general playing I still use Winamp and sometimes Potplayer. To capture songs from stream, I use StreamWriter (https://streamwriter.org/en/).

  9. Léon said on February 15, 2020 at 6:35 pm
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    Best program for me: Radio?Sure!

    1. Anonymous said on February 16, 2020 at 9:35 pm
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      RadioSure seems indeed the best.
      However there is something very strange with RadioSure. The auteur/programmer of this software is unknown, he/she maintains control over the software but is unreachable for questions/remarks.
      One year ago RadioSure seemed collapsed, however it seems to be recovered. Read the forum-messages.
      And RadioSure is already years not updated. However the stations-database keeps on maintained, by users.

  10. Technical sk said on February 16, 2020 at 8:57 pm
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    Lol and I thought my hardware have some problem so I installed windows again. Damn microsoft -_-

  11. Pedro said on February 17, 2020 at 5:24 pm
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    I use RadioMaximus.
    It have lots of radio stations and you can add more, show lyrics of the song play, information about the artist, search song in youtube, send song played to last.fm, record song and many more stuff. Its the best off all

  12. Alex said on February 20, 2020 at 9:48 pm
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    Give a try to odio https://odio.io/
    Not frequently updated, nothing special in functionality, but it does the job, and it’s pretty.

    It is really a shame to see some vendors of shareware/commercial apps to claim that they come with a built-in list of tens of thousands of stations when the list , and the API, and the online updates, is freely available for all at Community Radio Browser http://www.radio-browser.info/

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