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Free Giveaway! Radium, internet radio for your Mac’s menu bar

Free Giveaway! Radium, internet radio for your Mac's menu bar

Folks who love listening to internet radio on their Mac will find plenty to like with Radium. It’s a lightweight application that sits in the menu bar and does its thing without ever getting in the way.

The number of internet radio stations available around the world is staggering. There’s music, talk, comedy, and niche programming for nearly any topic you can think of. With Radium, a $16 internet radio player from CatPig Studios, thousands of quality stations become accessible with no setup and no internet browser. It simply sits in the Mac menu bar, minding its own business until you need it. That means no open windows, no desktop clutter, and no excessive drain on system resources.

While Radium already comes preloaded with a ton of internet radio stations, new ones are always being added by the developer and users can even add their own. Best of all – to me, at least – it supports Sirius/XM if the user has a subscription to satellite radio service. I’m a long-time listener of XM Radio, but have always found it too cumbersome to listen on my Mac in Safari or Firefox. Since I started testing Radium a few weeks ago, I’ve been listening almost every time I turn on my MacBook Pro. Its convenience and simplicity won me over.

Radium - Listen to internet radio on your Mac menu bar

You’d think that having so much radio content crammed into such a tiny application would sort of make a mess. That’s not the case with Radium, though, thanks to some handy features. Radio networks can be easily added and removed from the channel list in the Preferences window. Channels can be instantly searched for by name, genre, or other keyword right in the app itself. Finally, users can mark a channel as a favorite by clicking on the star next to its name. The channel list can then be filtered to display only favorites, which is a great way to reduce clutter.

Radium - Listen to internet radio on your Mac menu bar

More advanced users will appreciate Radium’s support for customizable keyboard shortcuts. Without ever touching the mouse, Radium can be instructed to open/close, play/stop, mute/unmute, buy a song on iTunes, and more. Radium boasts excellent integration with Growl too. The currently playing song or programming segment will be displayed with a Growl notification so the user doesn’t have to keep clicking on Radium’s icon to see what they’re listening to.

Radium is a quality Mac application that is useful, unobtrusive, and easy to configure. I’m a big fan of having an internet radio player right in my menu bar so it never gets in the way. It would be nice to have some time-shifting capabilities to temporarily pause radio playback when a distraction arises, but Radium’s lightweight nature is one of its biggest strengths. Adding too many advanced features might take away from what it does so well, which is provide a simple way to listen to thousands of internet radio stations on your Mac. Available on the CatPig Studios website for $16 or a free 30 day trial, Radium is definitely worth checking out if you’re into internet radio.

Win a free copy of Radium for Mac!

The developers of Radium (regularly $16) have been kind enough to offer free software licenses to 3 lucky MacYourself readers! To enter, please leave a comment below, along with a valid email address (this is how we will contact you). In order to avoid spam filter issues, please type a coherent sentence saying you’d like a chance to win. Make sure you’re running Mac OS X 10.5 or later since this application won’t work with anything older. Multiple entries will be deleted, so please only add one comment per person. And finally, don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear on the site immediately — it might be awaiting moderation and will show up shortly.

The winners will be chosen at random based on the comment numbers they happen to be. The lucky guys or girls will be announced on this page, so save this article’s URL and be sure to check back later. All entries must be made by July 9, 2010 at 11:59pm eastern U.S. time. In the meantime, download the free trial of Radium and discover some cool new internet radio stations. Good luck!

UPDATE – July 11, 2010:
Congratulations to our winners Chris, Hade, and Tom! Their comment numbers were chosen from a random number generator and they have each been given a free copy of Radium for Mac! Thanks to everyone who entered and remember to consider purchasing Radium yourself.

39 Comments Have Been Posted (Leave Your Response)

Looks great! Would love to have this!

This seems like a great way to have radio on my computer. I would love to win a free copy.

I would love to have this on my Mac :)

Naser Ali Alnowais
July 6th, 2010, 1:03 AM

I’m a new Mac user and i wish to have this one too for free. Radio inside my Mac would really be lovely.

Looks pretty cool, I would definitely like to have it!

Sign me up, please! I’m a talk radio junkie.

Hope I win a copy for my MBP! ;)

Great app. I use Fstream but I would like to try Radium too ;)

I’m radio fan! I want one! :)

Well, actually I’m using iTunes to listen to internet radio stations… but I don’t want to use that ‘huge monster’ to do that: I want to use Radium instead!

I would love to win this software.

Why not, a better alternative to have radio on my mac.

Sounds like an awesome program and I would love to have some internet radio stations to listen to while on my computer.

I would absolutely love to have this software package on my mac mini !!!

Hi, great giveaway please count me in


My sister is always talking about this, I’ve never really looked into it much before your article, guess I should have trusted her more!

Would love to have this for my brand spankin’ new Macbook Pro!

I know this will disqualify me from a free “Radium” app but I tunes has tons of great Internet radio stations built into it for no extra charge. Why would you need to spend $16.00 for Radium?

i am definitely looking for hassle free internet radio play – thanks for the opp to win this app

Radium looks like a very comprehensive app. It looks like it’s got a lot of necessities packed into a well-designed and easily accessible space. Congratulations to all the winners. I hope I’m one.

This looks great – would love to give it a try.

RADIUM sounds like just the thing for me to be able to hear my favorite jazz programs! Whether I win it free or not I have to have it!

Hope I have my luck this time ;) Love to win a free copy

Radium is excellent! Would love to win a copy :)

I had never heard of Radium, but it looks awesome. I would love to win a more graceful and techy way for me to listen to All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

William Buckingham
July 6th, 2010, 11:03 AM

Sounds interesting. I would love to win it though.

Finally Radio done the Mac way…..thanks

tried the “trial” radium and it works so fine! i want one *-*

This sounds very good. I would like to listen to international broadcasts since I am a fan of shortwave radio. The fact it sits in the menu bar is a great idea!

Radium looks and sounds great! Would love to win a copy!

Perfect Fit for me hope im gonna win this one :)

Looks great, would love to win a copy of Radium.

I’d like to win one of those :)

Sounds like great program! I’d love to win this program!

I installed the demo. Love the German stations! Would love to have it!

Love Snowtape but this looks promising. Downloading the demo right now so please give me a license ;)

I’ve had a go with the demo and would love to win it!

I would love to win Radium!

Sounds like a great application, we listen to Internet radio with the whole office all day long! now its irritating to also keep an browser window open for that.