Radical.fm Launches New HTML5 Player, Aims Sights On Pandora And Spotify
Radical.fm is a web-based and soon to be mobile streaming player that describes itself as a combination of passive stations like Pandora, active playlists like Spotify, and social “RadCast” (personal broadcasting). The company has just launched (and is Alpha testing) a web-based HTML5 player with new features including a completely revised interface, SoundCloud integration, and some performance enhancements (access to the Alpha test player is available by invitation only).
Unlike some other services, Radical stations do not “guess” what listeners might like based on song choices and subjective computer parameters. Instead, Radical divides its library into genres and allows listeners to blend them as desired and assign each a value relative to the others. Blending can be changed instantaneously, creating an potentially endless stream of precisely the kind of music and other material a listener would want to hear at any given moment.
“We have 22 million major label recordings in the US, plus a rapidly growing Indie content library for worldwide distribution,” said Founder and CEO, Thomas McAlevey. “Music and other programming blend freely just like on terrestrial radio, only now the user has complete control. This Alpha test of our innovative player shows it to be a Ferrari in a field of Minivans.”
Their patent-pending “RadCast” makes every listener the owner of a broadcast radio station and permits personal streams to be shared in real-time. Their soon-to-be-available “TALK” function will allow a user to speak to all who are listening to their RadCasts.
“Soon we will release TALK (in a Public Beta) giving users worldwide the ability to interject live audio for hosting music and talk shows, conducting interviews, and maybe toppling a dictatorship or two,” continued McAlevey. “The last bastion of old-fashioned radio – personalities and local content – is about to fall.”
The company is inviting independent musicians, and even comedians, podcasters and spoken word artists to upload their materials for free worldwide streaming. In fact, for every tune or track uploaded, five (5) invitation codes will be sent to them for distribution to fans and friends.
Request an invite to the Alpha test by emailing maria(at)radical.fm.