Last Updated on August 11, 2021
I’ve written reviews of a couple of internet radio players. Specifically, I was impressed by both odio and Shortwave. The former has an extremely elegant interface. And there’s the prospect that the next major release will be published under an open source license. If you dislike proprietary software, Shortwave is already open source.
There are alternatives to odio and Shortwave. Let’s take a gander at Radiotray-NG. You may remember Radio Tray. It was an online radio streaming player that ran in a Linux system tray. Its goal was to have the minimum interface possible, making it very easy to use.
Radiotray-NG is a continuation of the discontinued Radio Tray. It seeks to embrace the same philosophy, fixing some of its flaws, and adding a few new features along the way.
Installation is painless!
Radiotray-NG is released under an open source license. So you can clone the project’s repository, compile, and install the software with the following commands. At a shell, type:
$ git clone https://github.com/ebruck/radiotray-ng.git
$ cd radiotray-ng
$ mkdir build
$ cd build
$ cmake .. -DBUILD_TESTS=ON -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug
$ make package
This creates a Debian/Ubuntu package in ~/radiotray-ng/build/, which can be installed with:
$ sudo dpkg -i radiotray-ng_0.2.5_amd64.deb
* My Arch system bizarrely was missing the cmake package. This was installed with the following command:
sudo pacman -S cmake
The developer offers convenient packages for Ubuntu 18.04, 18.10, and 19.04. But some other distros carry packages too.