Download And Listen To Songs From Online Radio Stations using StreamTuner

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Introduction

StreamTuner is an audio application which provides access to over 100 online radio stations in over 15 categories.

You can also use StreamTuner to download audio from the radio stations. Adverts are automatically removed leaving you with just the tracks.

As well as providing access to radio stations you can also use StreamTuner to access other services such as Jamendo, MyOggRadio, Shoutcast.com, Surfmusic, TuneIn, Xiph.org and Youtube.

In this guide, I will show you how to install StreamTuner and highlight the major features of the application.​

How To Install StreamTuner

StreamTuner is available for most Linux distributions and can be installed from a Debian-based distribution such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint using the apt-get command within the Linux terminal.

To open a terminal press CTRL, ALT and T at the same time.

To install StreamTuner use the following command:

sudo apt-get install streamtuner2

If you are using Fedora or CentOS you can use the yum command:

sudo yum install streamtuner2

openSUSE users can use the zypper command:

sudo zypper -i streamtuner2

Finally, Arch and Manjaro users can use the pacman command:

sudo pacman -S streamtuner2

How To Start StreamTuner

You can use StreamTuner by selecting it from the menu or dash made available by the graphical desktop that you are using.

To start StreamTuner from the Linux terminal use the following command:

streamtuner2 &

The User Interface

The StreamTuner user interface is very basic but the functionality isn't the main selling point of this application.

The main selling point of StreamTuner is the content.

The interface consists of a menu, a toolbar, a list of resources, a list of categories for the resource and finally a list of stations.

Available Resources

StreamTuner2 has the following list of resources:

  • Bookmarks
  • Internet Radio
  • Jamendo
  • MyOggRadio
  • Shoutcast.com
  • SurfMusic
  • TuneIn
  • Xiph.org
  • Youtube

The bookmarks resource stores a list of stations that you have bookmarked from the other resources.

Internet Radio contains a list of over 100 radio stations across over 15 categories.

According to the Jamendo website it's purpose is as follows:

Jamendo is all about connecting musicians and music lovers from all over the world. Our goal is to bring together a worldwide community of independent music, creating experience and value around it.

On Jamendo Music, you can enjoy a wide catalog of more than 500,000 tracks shared by 40,000 artists from over 150 countries all over the world. You can stream all the music for free, download it and support the artist: become a music explorer and be a part of a great discovery experience!

MyOggRadio is a list of free radio stations. The MyOggRadio website is written in German, so unless you speak the language you would ordinarily have to use Google translate to get it into your preferred tongue. Fortunately, with StreamTuner you do not need to care about the website text as StreamTuner simply lists all of the radio stations.

Shoutcast.com is a resource that allows users to create their own radio station. StreamTuner lets you browse and play audio from the radio stations created by the users of Shoutcast.

SurfMusic is another website that allows you to choose from online radio stations. The website boasts of 16000 and StreamTuner provides a large list of categories to choose from as well as the ability to choose by country.

TuneIn boasts to having over 100,000 live radio stations. StreamTuner provides a list of categories with a large number of stations but I'm wouldn't say there are over 100,000 of them.

According to the Xiph.org website:

A market-speak summary of the Xiph.Org Foundation might read something like: "Xiph.Org is a collection of open source, multimedia-related projects. The most aggressive effort works to put the foundation standards of Internet audio and video into the public domain, where all Internet standards belong." ...and that last bit is where the passion comes in

What it means to you is that you have yet more access to online audio sources again separated by category.

Finally, you have surely all heard of Youtube. StreamTuner  StreamTuner provides a list of categories from which you can choose videos to play.

Selecting A Station

To start playing music from a station first of all click on one of the resources (i.e. online radio stations) and then navigate to the category (music genre) you prefer.

Each resource provides a different list of categories but in general, they will be along the lines of the following:

  • 50s
  • 60s
  • 70s
  • 80s
  • 90s
  • Acoustic
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Metal
  • etc
  • etc

There are too many to list here but you are sure to find something that you are interested in.

Clicking on a category provides a list of stations or in the case of Youtube video links.

To start playing a resource either double-click on it or click once and press the "play" button on the toolbar. You can also right click on the radio station and choose the play button from the context menu that appears. The default audio or media player will load and start to play music or video from the selected resource.

If you want to find out more about the online radio station you are listening to click on the "station" button on the toolbar.

Alternatively right click on the station and choose "station homepage".

How To Record Audio From A Radio Station

To start recording from an online radio station right click on the station and choose "record" from the context menu.

This will open a terminal window and you will see the word "skipping..." appear until a new track begins. When a new track starts it will begin to download.

StreamTuner uses the tool StreamRipper to download audio.

Adding Bookmarks

As you find stations you like you may wish to bookmark them to make it easier to find them.

To bookmark a station right-click on the link and choose "Add Bookmark" from the context menu.

To find your bookmarks click on the bookmark resource on the left side of the screen.

Your bookmarks will appear under favourites. You will also spot a list of links, This provides a long list of alternative resources for streaming and downloading audio.

Summary

StreamTuner is a great resource for finding and listening to online radio stations. The legality of downloading audio differs from nation to nation and it is up to you to check that you aren't breaking any laws before doing so.

Many of the resources within StreamTuner provide access to artists who are happy for you to download their tracks.