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Radium’s grown up a lot since we first reviewed it, so be sure to check out our review of Radium 3, the latest version, as well!

I’m a bit of a BBC Radio 4 and World Service addict. We have a couple of digital radios in the house, and with the UK’s Freeview television network, it’s easy to listen to a number of digital stations via your TV. When I’m on the road away from any of my radios, and have access to a wireless network, I’ve used Phantom Gorilla’s unofficial BBC Radio Widget to get my fix.

That all looks likely to change, now that Radium has arrived. Read on for a walk-through of a simple and effective radio app that makes it very easy to tune in to your favourite stations – and discover hundreds of new ones – on your Mac.

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Are you one of those people dreamily scrolls through their iTunes library, just to admire the beauty of the artwork flying by? And isn’t it annoying that sometimes there are blank spots? Or that iTunes seems to accept the artwork you manually add, but it isn’t showing up on your iPod? Digitizing your CD collection isn’t quite the same without reliable artwork.

With CoverScout these worries disappear. The neat little app searches the internet for artwork, finds the best match, and helps you to create the clean, cover-filled library you always wanted!

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Having recently rounded up a range of audio recording apps, we wanted to spend some time taking an in-depth look at another contender: TapeDeck. This particular piece of software stands out on account of the retro concept, interface, and functionality.

Rather than fit in with the standard OS X look-and-feel, TapeDeck takes a step back in time to the day of the humble audio cassette. It’s a great idea, and is executed very well in this quirky application. Whether you regularly record audio on your Mac, or just take an interest in application design, this review will be particularly fascinating.

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When iTunes was first introduced, it was lean, trim, and efficient. It was focused and to the point. However, as the version number has grown, iTunes now manages, plays, and purchases your movies, TV shows, music, and podcasts.

It’s a mammoth of an application, especially for those of us on a basic MacBook (yours truly). When you just want to play your media, iTunes can be overkill. A simple player is what you need, and Everplay aims to be that player.

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Alarm clocks are great and all, but if you find yourself becoming immune to the repetitive noise they make or hitting ‘Sleep’ far too often, it might be time to look elsewhere to get you out of bed in the morning.

Awaken from Embraceware Software is a marvellous alarm clock app that lets you wake up to your choice of music or sound in a great interface, even if the application isn’t open and your computer is asleep. This review will look into what else this app can do.

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The first words that jump into my mind when I think about the iTunes controller market are “over saturated.” That said, many of them skimp on the features, and lack a little design polish. Only a handful of them do their job well, and only a few of those do it with style.

CoverSutra by Sophiestication software is my personal favorite iTunes controller. I’m going to detail why I chose it over the other controllers out there, and highlight a few of the features that make it particularly unique.

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Although iTunes has offered a selection of internet radio stations for several years, this is one area of the application that hasn’t seen a great deal of recent development. Snowtape aims to take the baton, and offer a full-featured internet radio experience on the Mac.

The software makes it easy to find a station that plays a particular type of music, establish a “favourites” list, record and edit tracks, export music to iTunes, and automatically discover album artwork. I’ll be delving a little deeper into Snowtape and exploring what the app is capable of.

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iTunes is great. It does everything you’d ever need from a media player. However, sometimes everything is just too much. Having so many features can be a little more of a drag on your computer’s processing power, and makes the app cumbersome and difficult to use.

This is where Ecoute comes in… Developed by PixiApps, It’s a lightweight, fast, and simple standalone application for playing your iTunes library without iTunes! I love iTunes, and I was skeptical that I could be tempted by something offering less features for a small price, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. This review will offer an overview of what you can do with this excellent piece software.

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SizzlingKeys is a brilliant System Preferences plug-in from Yellow Mug that’s easy to use and allows you to control iTunes from any application without using the mouse at all. SizzlingKeys is free to use, or $5 to go Pro which gives you a few extra features. It also provides you with clean visuals of which songs you are listening to.

This how-to will show you how to set up SizzlingKeys on your Mac, and how to use it to make the most of your music without the hassle of finding your way around iTunes.

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