Radical.FM has launched and it seems to be a most ambitious online radio project, which not just describes itself by mentioning well established services like Spotify and Pandora but which is cited by others comparing it to these services and others like Last.fm or Rdio. Login is comfortable by using Facebook or Twitter data and here comes the review of a first visit.
The first impression after a longer private beta phase and of the current public beta is rather technical and searching for tracks does not deliver results by the first trial. But this not necessarily means a spare offer but may point to more comprehensive features. And the latter seems to be the case as a second trial leads to desired music (another reviews reports about all desired music) and the discovery of further (technical) particularities. It seems that Radical.FM has a more radical online radio approach than others and bringing up a symbiosis of a music on demand service and a real online broadcasting solution. This all starts with a playlist and music sharing feature enabling to gather favored tracks, to listen to personalized music and share it with others, a feature relying on playlists and already creating the Radical Stations and leading to an own online radio easily. This is complimented by further functions called RadCast and TALK. These do comprise real broadcasting features and do enable real radio. The first one is RadCast, a live feature enabling others to listen live to the music someone plays itself and something elsewhere on the TRAEXS blog described by synchronous listening or live sharing. In addition the second feature called TALK adds further audio and video features to a RadCast stream and by these both features together a live streaming format equal to real radio shows comes up. Other options beside music by the way and mentioned by Radical.FM are comedy shows.
Last but not least some words about the music available at Radical.FM and how to get there. Currently the music is provided by independents according to an article by The Next Web with a further comprehensive review, but this may change. To participate and to provide music two different accounts exist, a standard account enabling to listen to and share music and an artist account, which includes the standard features and enables to provide content. For more visit Radical.FM.