The most common method of listening to online radio stations is through a website. However, there is a better way. Introducing Tray Radio, a free program for Windows 7, 8, and 10. The main reason we liked this program is that it stands unobtrusively in System Tray (lower right corner of the screen, next to the clock) and doesn’t bother you while you listen to music.
How does Tray Radio work?
When you run the program for the first time, you will be offered the option to install radio stations. In this menu, you can only select radio stations that are already offered in the program. However, this is not a problem, you can manually add any online radio station, and the process of adding stations is relatively simple.
Tray Radio, as we said, works from System Tray. Management is done from the menu, which you access by right-clicking on the program icon. Here you can select the radio station you want to listen to, install new radio stations, and access the settings of the program itself. All the options are obvious and clear.
While listening, the name of the artist and song you are currently listening to will be displayed next to the System Tray. If the radio station’s website does not offer artist and song information, then nothing will be displayed.
Left-clicking on the program icon opens the audio equalizer. Here you can also stop listening to music, adjust the volume, go to the next radio station and start recording the currently playing song.
Tray Radio also includes a built-in audio player. The formats it supports are MP3, M4A, and WMA. Quite a small choice, but since this is not the focus of the program, we do not consider this too much of a drawback.
One bug in the program that we came across is that when you are manually adding radio stations, there can be problems when entering the link for the radio station logo. This field is required for some reason, and the program will sometimes report a valid link as invalid and will not allow the radio station to be added. We hope that this bug will be fixed in the future.
Tray Radio is a great program for listening to online radio stations. Aside from the bug we described, it works really well. It offers phenomenal features, packaged in a user interface that is intuitive and easy to use. If you like listening to online radio, we suggest you try Tray Radio, because, in our opinion, it is a better option than a website.
Windows 7, 8, and 10