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Internet Radio software “learns” audience habits

RapidSolution Software just released an update to its popular internet radio recording solution Radiotracker.

The new version, Radiotracker 3 Platinum, is the first such solution to target, locate and download music the user wants by leveraging information from all other active instances of the application on the internet to monitor thousands of internet radio stations around the world.

The previous version of Radiotracker excited users in the USA, Japan and Europe with its industry-recognized ease-of-use and its ability to deliver thousands of free music tracks in just a short time — all legally recorded from internet radio.

With 77 music genres and the motto "Select the genre, click on Start - done!", Version 3 puts over 14,000 internet radio stations at recording readiness for the music fan.

The previous version, already equipped with a Wish List function, allowed music enthusiasts to download thousands of MP3 files in a selected music genre overnight using a DSL connection.

It also supported the targeted recording of selected tracks from favorite artists. In comparison, Radiotracker 3 Platinum's Wish List function finds 10 times more of the music titles users want in the same amount of time.

Up until now, internet radio recorders on the market - Radiotracker 2 among them - have filtered the user's desired music from bulk music recorded in parallel.

Unfortunately, this approach has always been constrained by DSL bandwidth. Everyday users with an average DSL connection could expect to simultaneously record and filter only up to 20 radio stations in their musical quests.

Using its new technology, Radiotracker 3 Platinum learns from thousands of other Radiotracker 3 applications around the world about which internet radio station is beginning to play which music at any moment - without requiring users to listen in on these stations themselves or to resort to bulk recording processes that use up bandwidth.

Using an average DSL connection and information from other Radiotrackers, the software is able to simultaneously monitor thousands of radio stations to find the MP3 music titles the user is seeking, instead of only up to 20.

By taking advantage of the internet radio station's data buffering process, Radiotracker is also able to preserve the beginning of each music track in its entirety.

Users of Radiotracker 3 Platinum are thus able to harvest a significantly higher crop of higher-quality music titles in a short time than is possible with comparable solutions.

Radiotracker is already outfitted with numerous functions that make the user's music experience complete. Automatic ID3 tag completion, retrieval of album cover artwork and lyrics and a mobile phone ring tone generator are just a few examples.

Radiotracker 3 Platinum's Music Manager has now also been extended with, among others, functions for synchronizing and managing mobile devices like the Apple iPod, MP3 players, mobile phones and PDAs, and functions for burning CDs.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.