Currently radio-active depends on FFplay, an external media player for playback of the media streams. FFplay is a very simple and portable media player using the FFmpeg libraries and the SDL library
The developer is looking to remove that dependency in the future. In the meantime, when measuring memory usage of the program, we need to consider both the memory used by radio-active as well as FFplay.
Here’s a chart showing memory usage for radio-active.
We’ve included other popular software for streaming internet radio. We include both terminal and graphical software. As you can see, radio-active isn’t the lightest in terms of memory usage but it’s certainly no memory hog. As the software runs on the Raspberry Pi series of single-board computers where RAM can be a premium (on some models) it’ll be good to remove the dependency on FFplay.