Tag Archives: Media

Software: Internet Radio Player

If you’re like me, you like to have some background music playing while you go about your day. While there are lots of ways to listen to Internet radio stations, my favorite is called Radio Tray.

Open your Software Manager, and search for RadioTray.

Software Manager

Software Manager

Once installed, you can launch the program from your Menu. You’ll find it under Sound & Video.

What will pop up, is an icon in your system tray.

System Tray

System Tray

Clicking on the cute little antenna with the radio waves, as seen in the left-most icon above, will allow you to select your preferences, add or delete radio stations, set the sleep timer etc.

Radio Station Listing

Radio Station Listing

Using the Configure Plugins menu selection, you can set the sleep timer and notifications. Notifications are great, as the current program or song being played will pop up in your notification area!

Plugin Menu

Plugin Menu

So give Radio Tray a try, you may get hooked!

Audio Tools: Sound Juicer

If you’re like me, you have hundreds, maybe even thousands of audio CDs in your music collection. The best way to get that music on your tablet or phone? Sound Juicer!

Sound Juicer

Sound Juicer

Open your Software Manager, and search for Sound Juicer. After it’s installed, you can launch the program from your Menu. Next, stick a CD in your drive. Sound Juicer will automatically rip your CD into the directory of your choice. Once that’s done, you can use EZTag to tag your audio files with the album and song information.

 

Codecs Everywhere!

There are so many different video standards on the web, it’s amazing any of it works at all! Some of the older video formats, like Windows Media and Quicktime are finally starting to die the death they deserve.

Meanwhile, the Flash video standard is still in heavy use, though it’s often buggy, crashing constantly regardless of the platform its run on. And of course hackers are constantly finding exploits to the flash player, allowing them to take over your computer!

With so many video standards in play, the only way you could play any of them was with a plugin for your web browser. This of course requires a different software package for everything you wish to watch.

Most of us are quite happy to finally see a new video standard for HTML5 finally creeping into use.

So Why do we mention this?

If you upload and download a lot of web video, you’ll want to be able to turn one type of video source into another. Enter the nifty program WinFF

winff

WinFF is a cross-platform GUI (graphical user interface) for the popular command line media converter called FFmpeg.

In Linux, when you go to your Software Manager and select to install the GUI, any other files that it requires will be installed at the same time. That makes it easy!

Once installed, converting almost any video or audio format, into any other format is just a few mouse clicks away!