Radionomy provides internet users with a place to build their personalized radio on the internet. The application supplies users with a vast music library. The user can integrate their own music along with other audio content to create a unique radio experience. User-created stations are presented with a name, track list, overview and a wall that allows other users to discuss and comment on the music. Users can also build a favorites list to save the stations they like the most to return to later. Sharing tools are included on each radio station’s page that let users share through Facebook, Twitter, links or by embedding a station into a blog or website. Stations are sorted into convenient genres so users can browse at their listening leisure.
Radionomy was founded in September of 2008 by Van Kan Cedric, Baudechon Yves, Alexandre Saboudijan and Bindets Gilles. The application was intended to provide internet users with a cheap way to create their own unique radio stations to share with others or enjoy themselves. The application was designed to approach the task like an art form, allowing users to create an original experience that they can share through social networks, forums, websites or the Radionomy community.
Radionomy offers a number of attractive features, but nothing that is totally different from other, similar websites. The user is given access to a large music library and Radionomy takes care of the copyright concerns so the user doesn’t have to spend any money on legal issues. Each radio station is equipped with the tools most users would expect, such as a wall for commenting and a track list. The news tab is a nice touch that allows users to see updates and developments for a specific user created station.
Radionomy is designed much like other music listening websites. The current track and station name is presented at the top while tabs allow the user to toggle between each area, including the track list, news and wall. The site contains a few advertisements, which are tucked mostly along the right hand side. They are visible but do not intrude on the overall experience. The site is relatively well organized (although the ads make it feel a little busy at times).
A visitor can explore user-created stations as much as they like without signing in. Those who wish to take advantage of all Radionomy features can click the blue “Sign Up” button found in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The form on the following page includes a small blue button at the top for users who prefer to sign in with a Facebook account. Everyone else can provide a nickname, gender, date of birth, zip code, country, email address and password. The user must also check the bottom box below the form to agree to the site’s terms and conditions. A second box is automatically checked to sign the user up for the Radionomy newsletter. This must be unchecked before proceeding to opt out of emails. The user must check their email for an activation link which must be accessed to complete registration and use Radionomy.
Radionomy is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees and the user does not have to pay to set up a new personal radio station. The site includes advertisements, which help pay for maintenance. The user is not required to make any purchases and can create and listen to as many user radio stations as they like. All users are given access to the site’s music library and all current features.
Radionomy.com is a great site for music lovers. The application provides music fans with a way to express themselves and share their love of music. Users can listen to stations created by others and explore by genre or keyword. Ambitious users can create their own stations and see how they Radionomy community likes them. Sharing tools allow users to draw attention to their stations via social network or website.