While on vacation in the Cayman Islands last week I was lucky enough to have
DSL where I was staying and brought an AP and lit up the beach. I fired up Pandora to listen to music and after about a minute received a message that Pandora was not authorized to run in the country I was in.
I found it interesting that this island was a haven for Cuban cigar smokers as the cigars were sold like candy but I couldn’t listen to internet-based radio. Ah – for those outside the US – we aren’t allowed to purchase products from Cuba here.
So instead of listening to Pandora I was forced to check my iPhone for other applications I could use for radio listening. For some reason the DSL connection supplied by Cable & Wireless did not allow me to download apps from the iTunes App Store.
I found that I had downloaded FlyCast and it turned out to be great – a real gem, allowing access to lots of different types of internet music with some stations that even allow skipping. Indeed the software even had a background feature where music is streamed as a video through Safari, allowing you to do other things with your iPhone or iPod Touch while listening to your favorite streaming tunes.
You could do anything of course besides surf the web.
I was surprised that the company didn’t have a PC client but today that changed as they announced an Adobe AIR-based PC client and one for Google Android – including the T-Mobile G1.
What is really interesting about the service is that many programs which are supplied by FlyCast broadcast partners can be “rewound” like TiVo. Basically you are able to rewind programming in 15 minute increments back to about an hour prior.
Partners and popular programming include Entercom, FOX News, Sandusky, Cromwell Radio Groups, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingram, Sean Hannity, Jim Rome, Mike & Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and Tirico & Van Pelt
You are also able to use your FaceBook account to log into FlyCast (we just enabled FaceBook/social networking connectivity to TMC blogs as well).
There is really not much room for improvement I could suggest for FlyCast. Between this program and Pandora, I am not sure I understand the need for satellite radio (yet I still pay for it – hmm). FlyCast is definitely a Tehrani Editor’s choice.
Update: Found one bug. When you mute or pause the radio via the PC version, it seems to turn the sound back on or begin playing every few minutes or so.