I’ve been writing a lot about multimedia software recently. My recent focus has been on YouTube and music players such as Kaku, Strawberry, Headset, and Qmmp. Staying on the multimedia theme, I’m experimenting with the best way of listening to the radio on my Linux boxes. One of my favorite ways is to use the Internet Radio GNOME Extension, which ranked 10th in the 24 Excellent GNOME Extensions feature. But I’m finding so many great applications designed for other desktop environments such that I’m slowly moving away from GNOME.
Step forward odio. It’s a cross-platform, no-charge radio streaming software with more than 20,000 radio stations. These radio stations are taken from www.radio-browser.info.
Odio runs on any graphical desktop environment. Linux support arrived with version 1.1.0 in November last year.
Let’s get a thorny issue out of the way. While odio can be downloaded without charge, the software is not (currently) released under an open source license. The developer’s GitHub repository intimates odio will shortly be released under an open source license. Let’s hope so!
You therefore cannot download the source code and compile it. Instead, what are the installation options? For Linux, the developer offers an AppImage (32- and 64-bit) which makes it easy to run the software. AppImage is a format for distributing portable software on Linux without needing superuser permissions to install the application. All that’s required is to download the AppImage, and make the file executable by typing:
$ chmod u+x ./odio-1.4.0-x86_64.AppImage
When you run odio for the first time, you are asked whether or not you wish to integrate the AppImage with your system. By agreeing, odio is added to your applications menu and icons are installed. Even if these are not important to you, you do want to accept. This is because many radio streams otherwise wouldn’t play on my Ubuntu and Manjaro systems.
With integration chosen, odio creates a directory in ~/.config/odio where it stores its cache, and settings.
If you prefer snaps, odio can be downloaded and installed from snapcrapt.io. You’ll need to have snapd running on your machine if you want to go down the snap route.
Your distro may also provide a convenient package to download and install the software.