* iPhones — The easiest way to listen is to download the SHOUTcast Radio app for free from the iPhone app store. If you have problems finding it, try following this link. Once it’s installed, searching for “BlackLight Radio” should turn us up.
* Android — Although Winamp is available as an app for Android phones, I tried it on a tablet with no success. Instead, I recommend the free “TuneIn Radio” app, available on this page or in your app store. Once it is installed, search (in the top bar, to the left of the magnifying glass) for “BlackLight Radio” and again, we should pop right up. Save our stream as a favorite so you can easily find us again!
* Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Palm, or Samsung Bada — I’ve not had the opportunity to try it, but the above-mentioned TuneIn Radio app should work equally well on your mobile devices. This link should lead you to the free apps.
(FYI, you’ll see “TuneIn Radio Pro” for sale next to the free version. There’s nothing wrong with the Pro version and if your mobile device will allow for recording (how many do?), this could be handy for storing BlackLight Radio recordings for listening later when you’re not near an internet connection… rest assured, you do NOT need to purchase the “Pro” version to listen to BlackLight Radio wherever you go!)
There are numerous internet radio devices on the market, and more on the way, to allow you to listen to BlackLight Radio away from your personal computer. Most depend on you having a wireless router and a broadband internet connection, but may also allow you to plug directly into a wired internet connection.
Check out the following companies and products for all kinds of internet radio devices: Roku SoundBridge / Pure Internet Radio products / NOXON Internet Radios / Scott Internet Radios / the LUKAS from Streamit / Phillips Streamium / Logitech Wi-Fi Music Players / Grace Digital Audio Internet Radios.
For mobile and wireless listeners of all kinds, I highly recommend Livio Radio for apps, car kits, & many other accessories designed to make your mobile internet radio listening experience better (most for a price, but not all).
A low-cost substitute for an Internet radio device can be set up using an FM transmitter & a traditional radio. The FM transmitter is plugged into the computer’s headphone jack & set to an unused frequency. The radio is then set to the transmitter’s frequency. This arrangement can be used to listen to BlackLight Radio without the need for a wireless internet network!
FM transmitters are widely available on the market today & are often marketed as a way for consumers to listen to iPods through car radios. You can find these devices on the web for $50 or less. The legality of such devices varies from country to country.
An important place to begin to solve streaming issues on your PC or Mac is your own setup. Here are the requirements for listening to BlackLight Radio:
* Broadband — You need a cable modem, DSL connection, ISDN, Wi-Fi or other high speed wireless connection to listen. We stream at 96kbps; you’ll need the ability to download at least that fast. A dial-up connection cannot keep up.
* An mp3 player — There are dozens if not hundreds of mp3 players available for download, most free and some for a fee. If you’re running a recent version of Windows you already have the Windows Media Player, but there are a number of other excellent players including JetAudio & Winamp.
* A soundcard / speaker system — If you’re going to listen, you have to have a way to hear. Almost 100% of computers made in the past 15 years come with a built-in sound card which will work, but you can greatly reduce noise & distortion by getting almost any after-market sound card, even the cheapest! If possible, run out of your sound card into an amp / receiver / mini-stereo & hook that up to the best speakers you have. For a real ear-opening experience, run a line to your home stereo… I’d be willing to bet we will sound better than any FM in your town!
Still have questions? Hit the email link to your right under “Links;” I’ll do my best to answer your question, and if it’s of general interest, add it & its answer to this help page!
Wherever you are, however you accomplish it, THANKS for listening to BlackLight Radio.