Listening to streaming radio is always fun. Most of the Linux music player provide option for Internet streaming radio. While you have this option in your favorite music player, you might not always want to open and run your resource hungry media player.
What is the alternative option then, you ask. What about an applet that just sit on the top panel and does what you want it to do, which is to play streaming music from your favorite internet radio channel. Enters Radio Tray: a sleek, lightweight indicator applet to play streaming music from internet radio channels.
Radio Tray features?
Radio Tray comes with a number of radio channels stored in it. These internet radio channels are grouped as per their genre. Apart from that you can configure it to play your favourite radio channel. You can add a whole new group or just channels.
Radio Tray integrates with Ubuntu magnificently. There is a notification every time the song or radio station changes. And that notification mix very well with Ubuntu without disturbing its integrity.
There are several plugins available that further enables you to enhance your experience with Radio Tray. You can also configure it to use Gnome media key. It supports a number of music playlist formats so it should play most (if not all) of your favourite internet radio channels.
How to install it in Ubuntu?
Since Radio Tray is in official repository of Ubuntu, you can install it using just one last command. Use the following commands in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:eugenesan/ppa sudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install radiotray
Radio Tray is not a replacement of your media player. It is useful for what it is made for and that is playing internet radio without eating much of resources. If you are an avid streaming radio listener then Radio Tray is definitely worth a try. The only limitation here is that it doesn’t have a proper interface as it is more of an applet. If you like a dedicated radio player with GUI, you should give a try to Great Little Radio Player.