Radical.FM, an Internet radio service that says it delivers the largest free music library in America without commercials, has developed a new way for listeners to share their favorite artists and songs with the rest of the country and even the world. This new social listening, sharing, and discovery experience is called RadCasting, and is like merging Pandora with Facebook plus more.
This new offering provides listeners with live chat for real-time feedback and conversation about the music playing on the RadCasting stations. You can tell the RadCasters what you think of the selection, and station owners can inform friends and followers about their channel through Facebook and Twitter.
Radical.FM CEO Thomas McAlevey points out the philosophy behind RadCasting:
Listening to Spotify or Pandora is a solitary experience, but music was meant to be shared. Radical combines the sense of community of old-school FM radio with the personalization made possible by the Internet to deliver a perfectly synchronous music sharing and discovery experience. RadCasting is the most innovative concept in streaming, served on the most powerful music sharing architecture ever developed.
The music library behind Radical.FM is definitely impressive, and the RadCasting experience is both easy and powerful. You can add multiple genres into your station, and can even adjust how frequently each category will get played.
This new option for music sharing and listening is certainly in position to be a contender against other streaming services. It’s free, doesn’t include any advertisements, and has a large library of both major names and up-and-coming artists. Artists still get paid for their music, by way of donations made through Radical.FM’s Web page. I’ll be keeping an eye on Radical.FM’s new service, and expect to see it really take off.
Radical.FM is designed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 6 or later. You can download it for free on the App Store, without any ads or in-app purchases.