Dec 10, 2008 7:56 AM –
StreamFurious is a streaming audio app for your Android Phone. Plays Shoutcast/Icecast MP3 streams (PLS/M3U from the browser), Auto-updating/customizable list of channels, and Plays in status bar.
Price: Free, $5.99
StreamFurious is very useful, it allows you to stream your favorite online radio station from Shoutcast and Icecast. One could consider it better than having FM/AM radio as you avoid annoying ads and drawn out talk from non-talk radio stations. StreamFurious in some respects can be used to beef up the music experience on Android!
Ease of Use:
StreamFurious comes with some predefined Internet radio stations, so at first glance it would seem like not much there, but tapp the Menu button to Search for a Shoutcast station you like… It plays and adds you your stations list. It couldn’t be more straight-forward.
StreamFurious plays Internet radio stations from Shoutcast/Icecast MP3 streams. Once it has buffered, you’re tuned right into the station’s music and the song title and artists name appears. The features are fairly simple now, you can Pause/Play music and Search for new stations on the mobile browser. Even if you get a phone call while streaming music, it pauses and resumes right after.
We took a few days to use and evaluate this app, a few feature enhancements we would recommend is to Pause the music when the Internet stream is dropped/interrupted and hold it in the status bar. For example, browsing the Web and streaming music on 3G would drop the stream because the two services are sharing the bandwidth. So you have to open the app back up and resume playing, more annoying than anything. If the status were held in the Status Bar, you could easily draw the window shade and resume playing (or even better if it automatically played for you when it buffered enough).
A personal peeve… would like to see the stream data counter improved; shown as (953,825 bytes 931.46 kb 0.90mb) the status bar or loader graphic would be cooler. Brings back memories of Flash 5 days when techie byte counters were in.
What’s cool about the StreamFurious team is how they keep their ear to the street and listen to users regarding feedback. If you have a feature enhancement recommendation or bug, report it in their Feedback site.
In our evaluation, we added the Internet radio station 1POWER in HD , which was Awesome! They kept streaming non-stop hit Hip-Hop and R&B songs in very good audio quality. (Definitely worth a shoutout)
StreamFurious Home with Menu
StreamFurious Integration with Shoutcast website
StreamFurious Song Playing
StreamFurious In Window Shade
This app can qualify as a daily use app. Especially if you get tired of your own music library and need/want a continuous stream of music or talk radio.
The Interface is very simple, the Internet radio stations are in a ListView for easy scrolling. Don’t forget to press the Menu button for the Search option.
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, Internet radio stations
, Mobile Music
, streaming audio
Categorised in: Music