GNOME Internet Radio Locator 3.0.5 Is Released With More Radio Stations

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GNOME Internet Radio Locator is a radio streaming application that lets you tune into radio stations by clicking on them on a world map. The latest version has a lot more Norwegian radio station markers and two updated American radio stations and a Danish translation for the user-interface. The number of radios stations outside of Europe is still fairly limited in this release.

written by 권유리 (Kwon Yu-ri)  2020-09-01 - last edited 2020-09-16. © CC BY

GNOME Internet Radio Locator zoomed in on Europe.

GNOME Internet Radio Locator is a radio tuner for anyone who enjoys listening to radio and wants to explore international radio stations. It works under any desktop environment even though it is made with the GNOME desktop environment in mind. You do need Linux, there are no Windows or macOS or Android or iOS versions.

There is a simple search field in the upper right corner which is a bit useful, but not very, if you want to find a radio station by city or name. Two American radio stations were added to the map in this release:

  • Supreme Court, Washington DC
  • C-SPAN, Washington DC

Typing Supreme into the search field makes Supreme Court, United States of America pop up. Searching for Court brings nothing up and Washington brings up one completely different radio station.

The default list of radio stations available on the map are hard-coded in ./src/gnome-internet-radio-locator.xml. A New button in the upper left corner can be used to add new radio stations to the map.

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GNOME Internet Radio Locator zoomed in on New York City, USA.

The amount of radio stations outside of Europe is still somewhat limited in GNOME Internet Radio Locator version 3.0.5. This radio tuners programs developer, Ole Aamot, is Norwegian. That may or may not explain the very sparse amount of American, Russian and Chinese radio stations and the complete and utter lack of Korean, Japanese and Indonesian radio stations.

GNOME Internet Radio Locator zoomed in on Asia.

You will not be able to locate a single South Korean Pop Music radio station using GNOME Internet Radio Locator as of version 3.0.5. There are plenty of European radio stations available and a close-up on Scandinavia shows a staggering amount of Norwegian radio stations.

Most GNU/Linux distributions do not have GNOME Internet Radio Locator available in their repositories. Compiling it yourself is very easy if you have the required development-libraries (such as libchamplain-devel libchamplain-gtk geoclue2-devel glib2-devel) installed:

tar xf gnome-internet-radio-locator-3.0.5.tar.xz 
sudo make install

Developer Ole Aamot maintains a GNOME-hosted site with distribution-specific packages for ~ole/Debian, ~ole/ubuntu and ~ole/fedora.

GNOME Internet Radio Locator has a homepage at /Apps/InternetRadioLocator. The source code for 3.0.5 can be acquired from /sources/gnome-internet-radio-locator/3.0/ and the git repository is at /GNOME/gnome-internet-radio-locator.

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