I’m pleased to announce a Rhythmbox 3 compatible version of the plugin Rhythmbox Radio-Browser
For the uninitiated, this is a lovely plugin allowing you to explore thousands of radio-stations available on the internet. It even allows you to record those stations (check the copyright laws in your country please!).
The first tab allows you to choose and record from your recently played radio-stations.
The second tab allows you to search from IceCast and radio-stations found by the thousands of radio-browser users.
The last tab allows you to browse through those thousands of stations.
So what has changed…
This has been revamped to be python3 compatible to work with Rhythmbox 3.
At the same time I’ve temporarily hidden the Radio-Time list of radio-stations because this provider now splits its lists into geographical regions which the plugin cannot (in its current incarnation) read.
It is this latter issue which I need to reach out to you. As you know I maintain many plugins but in doing so, I cannot devote all the time I would love to spend. This plugin in particular needs new blood!
There are a couple of issues – the key issue being that the plugin doesnt handle the huge quantity of radio-stations very well – its slow to read and process the list. If you are using the latest intel i7 – well you wouldnt notice. Us lesser mortals will notice the 20 – 60 seconds to search and list stations
The other issue is the Radio-Time geographical lists as discussed above – the plugin needs to understand and download each geographical area and process these.
So – whilst I’m the maintainer … I cannot devote the time to resolve the above. Here is your opportunity. In releasing this version I’ve saved the plugin from code bit-rot… but it does need ongoing love and attention to make it easier and quicker to use.
No need to apply – fork and delve in. Please!! I would love to work with you.
How to install
The plugin can be installed in trusty either manually or via my PPA.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox-plugins sudo apt-get update< sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-radio-browser
sudo apt-get install git streamripper gir1.2-gconf-2.0 git clone https://github.com/fossfreedom/radio-browser -b rb3 cd radio-browser ./install.sh