CatPig Studios Radium 3.0.1
Developer: CatPig Studios
OS: OS X 10.8 or later
Requires: A web connection
Radium 3’s developers call the app “chocolate for your ears”, and it’s easy to see why. What was once a workmanlike minimal internet radio player now looks very tasty indeed, with a stylish, dark interface. However, Radium’s main focus remains usability. Searching for stations is a breeze, as is adding them to a favourites list. Also, a wish-list can be built from currently playing songs (for those stations that provide track info), which, when accessed, provides previews from and links to iTunes. Favourites can be dragged to reorder them, but the wish-list can’t be managed – entries simply delete themselves after 30 days to avoid clutter, which is convenient if not entirely intuitive.
The new release adds some useful features: a graphic equaliser window that, when activated, by default attempts to automate the best settings for the current station (usually successfully); multi-output support for audio, including AirPlay devices on your network; and system-wide shortcuts for important actions such as playback and adding to the wish-list. There are some minor interface bugs, though, and we think the new icon’s a misfire, being a generic heart that’s used by many other apps. Radium 3 going OS X Mountain Lion-only will also irk fans who’ve not upgraded, and there’s some mystery physical navigation, although the latter issue is easily assuaged by reading built-in tricks and tips, which reveal various useful gestures.
An improvement over its already impressive predecessor, Radium 3 is an excellent internet radio player for your Mac’s menu bar.