Radio Dial

When it comes to Internet radio stations, I really can’t say something for sure – love or hate, I have a little of each for this way of enjoying your favorite music. First of all, it’s the fact that audio quality is, in most cases, much worse than what you get from an average quality MP3 file, then there’s the fact that, once your connection goes down, your music dies, not to mention that, in most cases, good audio quality also requires a really strong Internet connection (and more expensive, too). On the other hand, you don’t have to keep your music on a shelf and you don’t need any large amounts of disk space, either. Now, let’s move to Radio Dial – no matter if I love it or hate it, it seems a lot of Opera users enjoy this extension a lot, so here it is!

Updated to version 1.1 on the 30th of June, Radio Dial is an Opera extension that allows you to browse and enjoy Internet radio stations starting from a Speed Dial widget. On the other hand, I must tell you that you don’t get to mess with any preferences – all it does is open a dashboard containing what I see as a radio stations directory where you can search for your favorite genre, press that big Play button, sit back and enjoy it – at least as long as your default audio volume is properly set, since Radio Dial has no such controls to offer…

… but the numbers don’t look bad at all, with 3,428 downloads and a rating of 4.0/5 stars, after 15 user ratings so far. Having 255 KB in size, Radio Dial comes for free and, with a few improvements, can become quite a hit, but until then… this one’s a no-go for me. After all, I didn’t spend my money on audio CDs just to listen to that music played at a lower quality on some online radio station, right? Well, I guess that’s all for today. Any thoughts? Feel free to share them with the rest of us, don’t be shy! 😉