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Jewe NetRadio

By JEWE Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Mar 5, 2012

Jewe NetRadio is a free Internet radio player built on the JewelScript GUI library, the BASS audio engine, and parts from 7Zip and other open source freeware. It has an ultracompact, interactive interface and a minimalist design that is focused on playing music and other Net radio programming, without a lot of extras that you'll probably never use. It plays stations from 181.fm's playlist, but you can copy other playlists to the program's playlist folder to add more stations.

The minuscule, rectangular NetRadio interface is about as simple as a player gets; just a black background with blue border and blue script displaying the program name, channel, and controls when we moused over it. The interface has six buttons: Play; Sound, with sliders for volume, bass, middle, and treble; Stations, with a scrolling list of available Net radio stations; About, Hide, and Quit. We chose a station and clicked the Play button. NetRadio displayed the station, artist, song title, bit rate, and other data. There's even a two-channel spectral bar graph at the right edge of the tiny window.

NetRadio's sound quality will be as good as your system's sound card and loudspeakers, all things being equal, though some stations stream higher-quality signals than others. We wish it were easier to tune in different stations, though. The provided playlist offers too few choices, and the process of adding new stations is cumbersome, to say the least. We like this small program's design and layout, and it performed as well as the other Net radio players we've tried, so we recommend it, with the caveats about station choice. A little tweaking would make Jewe NetRadio a real winner.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.8

Version 0.8:
  • Added support for m3u playlist files
  • Added sound page with volume slider and three-band equalizer
  • Added Look up feature: Instantly look up current song via google
  • Added a selection of channels from 181.fm
  • Improved indication whether the window is currently active
  • Improved error handling
  • Improved reconnection when losing network link

General

Date Added November 21, 2011
Version 0.8

Operating Systems

Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 3,759
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

NetRadio is a small program that lets you receive and play internet radio on your computer. A 96 kbps or better internet connection is needed to use the program.The program comes with a selection of channels from the popular radio station 181.fm. You can easily add and manage your own favorite radio stations, by downloading their playlist and copying them into NetRadio's "playlists" folder.

NetRadio is very simple, but easy to use. No confusing options, no bloated features you never use. Just plain and easy listening to your favorite stations. NetRadio is tested and works on all Windows platforms, from Windows XP to Windows 7, both 32bit and 64bit.