Earlier, we covered RadioZilla a free application for Windows that allowed you to listen to different radio stations and directly download the songs played by them, without having to download any third-party applications. That said, long time reader of our website Gregg L. DesElms offered us, what he felt was, a better alternative for the same – RadioSure. It’s his comments that ended up, with my making this post and listing the radio player in our list of Windows downloads.
Radio Players are of 3 different types:
- A radio player that streams LastFM sort of content.
- A radio player that plays the 1.FM sort of content
- Player that plays the streams from real radio stations…across the globe.
RadioSure inherits most traits of the second and third type. It has more than 17,000 of stations in the package which are visible once you scroll down the list. The list however has been updated and more stations have been added. You can add them to the player.
To check if any stream URL can be played in RadioSure or not, simply copy-paste the URL in ‘OPEN URL’ field of the Windows Media Player. If it plays in WMP, it should play in Radio Sure too (thanks Gregg for the tip!). However, newer versions of the Windows Medias Player lack the ‘File’ menu. So, you need to press Alt key for displaying the menu bar temporarily.
When displayed, click on File>Open URL. Then, paste the copied URL in the Open URL field and check if the Stream URL plays.
Download the program and install it. Once installed, there are various ways to listen to RadioSure via its main interface. It can be minimized to a smaller bar, or minimized completely to the taskbar. The taskbar option will allow you to carry out the majority of actions by right-clicking.
The main interface has a huge database with radio stations categorized by style of programming, city and language. Once selected, the connection is fast and clear. Even the sound quality is good. Searching is simple and there are good tonal/equalizer presets.
If you would like to add any new stations to the radio player after testing it in Windows Media Player, simply right-click in the empty area of program’s interface and choose the ‘Add new station’ option.
Then, enter the Source URL (necessary) and Title, Description, Genre, if required and you are done.
The program does not offer a Help of any sort but allows you configure various options via its Options menu. Just click on it and customize the progaram as per your requirement.
If you want, you can bookmark your favorite stations and record songs using the Record option. I recommend users download this free program as an alternative to the RadioZilla.