The new RadioTime Player version 2.2 went live today! Grab a copy from http://radiotime.com/pc/rtinstall.exe
Changes include the first podcasting subscription feature. The RadioTime guide has included one-time podcast downloads for thousands of radio programs since the summer. Now, Windows users can manually subscribe to a podcasting feed (from desktop Settings). Soon, you’ll be able to subscribe with a single click from the guide. Later you’ll be able to manage podcast feeds just like recordings using the service. The goal is to remove the technical details so getting live broadcasts, archive radio on demand, downloadable files, or podcast subscriptions all work simply and consistently.
Our free podcasting client will work with any feed and any guide. The personalized podcast subscription feed will work with iTunes or any other podcasting client.
Version 2.2 also includes a new installer that is smaller and faster, and (finally) will just update an old version. We (finally) gave up on InstallShield and jumped to the NullSoft installer. For this change you’ll need to manually remove the old version, then run the new. Or wait and we’ll push out the new features with live update.
Version 2.2 can record in WMA format. The Windows Media format works on most devices and delivers much better quality for the same encoding rate. Especially for spoken programming you may be happy with mono mode at 20k which leaves far smaller recording files. Stay tuned for an AAC recording option which will offer bookmark and other audiobook features, especially useful on the iPod.
Version 2.2 supports an open SDK so you can integrate the RadioTime service and any of the recording or Player features through a powerful COM interface. Contact email@example.com for details.
We’ve been moving carefully. Unlike other “bloatware” implementations, the entire RadioTime download is a tiny 1.7MB – covering podcast subscriptions, a powerful recorder, player, library, streaming player interface, and AM/FM hardware support.
See other improvements and steady progress on our Windows client through the release notes.