RadioTime – Listen to & Record FM Radio Online

Ryan Dube 17-12-2009

listen to radio onlineI have nothing against Internet radio stations. In fact, I love to listen to radio online, and here at MakeUseOf, writers have covered a multitude of awesome applications you can use to listen to and even broadcast Internet radio stations. These are:


– Stream Quality Internet Radio Stations to Your PC or MobileThe 3 Best Online Radio Players For Your Desktop
– Pandora Seamlessly Integrates iPhone and Internet Radio
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All of these are fantastic apps for Internet radio, but what do you do when you have a bunch of local FM radio stations that you love, and you’re working at a computer where there’s no access to a regular AM/FM radio?

The answer is RadioTime. These days the majority of FM radio stations stream their broadcasts over the Internet. It’s very difficult (if even possible) with most Internet radio players to find your local FM streams amid the huge collection of Irish folk music or FM radio stations from Bangladesh. I’ve nothing against Irish folk music or Bangladesh, but there has to be an easier way to get easy, organized access to FM radio stations when you want to listen to radio online. This is exactly what RadioTime does.

Use Your Browser to Listen to FM Radio Online

The simplicity, yet effectiveness, of this website and application is what attracted me to it immediately. It offers a directory of over 10,000 worldwide FM radio stations to choose from, so I’ll bet the odds are pretty good that they have your local favorite in their directory.


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Once you register (for free) and provide your local area, the system automatically offers links for all of the local stations near you.

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I was pretty psyched to see my favorite local station that I listen to when I drive in to work – 93.1 WMGX! So I clicked on the “Listen” button and fired up the player app while finishing the rest of this article.


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While the browser-based player is great, and you can click on the “Presets” menu option to review your preset stations from any computer in the world with an Internet connection, Radiotime also offers a very cool free app called RedButton that lets you not only listen to your favorite radio stations, but you can also record them! The record option isn’t free, but listening to your favorite stations and managing your favorites is unlimited and free.

Use RedButton To Listen To FM Radio Online

Once you install RedButton you’ll see that the interface is well laid out and easy to use. It provides a simple navigation bar on the left with a large center display and the controls and presets at the top.

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Clicking on the radio guide, I wanted to see if I could listen to the popular paranormal radio show “Coast to Coast AM,” and sure enough, it popped up at the very top of the list with the option to either listen, schedule a recording of the show (yes!), or add the station to your list of presets. This means that it no longer matters whether or not a particular show is available in your area, you can listen to that FM radio station anywhere in the world.

Do you have a friend who’s a DJ at a local radio station in Denver, but you live in New York? Now you can tune in over the Internet and listen in to his show!

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The controls are very simple and easy to use, with the current station name and information at the top and the volume and controls just beneath it.


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If you like the station that you’ve found, just click and hold the preset button on the upper right of the player and you’ll never have to remember the station again!

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The coolest part of the app (which is, unfortunately also the feature you have to pay for) is the recording option. When you first install the app, you get 14 days of station recording for free. After that you have to pay to enable the feature. With recording, you can configure your recorded MP3 files to get stored in whatever folder or location that you like.

If you want all of the computers on your home network to have access to the music, I would suggest using something like Sugarsync to do so. If you want to access your recordings over the Internet at locations other than your house, then you can upload the recordings to a network like Maestro, which Tim covered earlier.

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The one drawback with the system is that even though it organizes and collects all AM and FM radio stations into one spot where you can access them, not all stations stream their broadcasts online. In order to still access all of your favorite local stations through this app, you can purchase a USB radio antenna, hook it up, and then configure it in the RedButton app as shown above. Once you have RedButton set up, you’ll never use another application to listen to the radio online. This software really does have it all.

Do you listen to the radio while you’re online? What are your favorite applications to do so? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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  1. jollyrogue
    December 17, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I don't really see the sense in recording radio, in any case though. I just access my radio through (pretty sure its uk only)

    Pretty weird how a site like that has basically the same name as radiotimes but without the S.. maybe it's just a coincidence.

  2. Paul Harris
    December 17, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Radiosure works well and records for free.
    12,000 + stations, some connect, some don't, just like RadioTime. RadioTime allows searches, say for a hockey, ball game etc., then lists scheduled play times. I preset all PPV hockey games to listen to my fav team.


  3. FishFearMe
    December 17, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Nice article, Ryan. On top of that, we are almost neighbors as I live just up I-95 in Augusta. I hope it's not in bad taste to link another online radio source here. "" is a great resource for internet listening as well.

  4. Dahhveed
    December 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Nice, I use

    My smartphone (LG Vu) couldn't play internet stations. Moodio streams any internet station using whatever protocol works for your phone. Plus, it's unlimited as far as what stations you want to hear, if the station you want isn't listed, simply find the stream url and add it (AM or FM). Then the station is not only available to you but to others as well, expanding thier offerings exponentially as new members are always adding stations.

    It's completely free!

    Also, Orb is completely free and not only can you schedule radio recordings, but any media stream including video. And if you have a TV card, you can schedule those recordings too from anywhere in the world. Plus access to your files if you find that you need something from your PC. Watch movies and play music from your home PC from anywhere with internet access.

    Both above options are ad-free.

    Just a couple of freebie versatile options.