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Announcing Snowflake 1.0

We are happy to announce a new app, we have been working on for the last couple of months. It's called Snowflake, referring to our wildly successful app Snowtape. Snowtape is our radio recorder, which has sadly been aging for awhile. So, we thought it would be a good idea to use the underlying technology and publish something new and fresh.

Snowflake is a lightweight app for listening to your favorite radio station. It works with thousands of radio stations worldwide that stream over the Shoutcast/Icecast streaming protocol, comes with 20.000 radio stations already included and you can import URLs to custom streams. We not only took the radio streaming technology from Snowtape, but greatly enhanced it by improving track detection, adding support for external speakers and gave it a 10-band equalizer. We also worked hard on low level stuff like connection reliability and stream buffering.

We also solved the long standing issue of finding suitable radio streams, by developing a new stream directory from scratch. The new directory works mainly automatic using crowd sourcing to find new or inactive streams. The result is a much more reliable system that is more resilient to stream URL changes and temporary server issues. And the more folks are using it, the better this technology becomes.

This new app is our new effort to recommit to streaming radio and marks a great new foundation for new stuff to come in 2015. We hope you like it as much as we do and use it every day! Snowflake needs at least OS X 10.10 Yosemite, is localized to English and German, is free to download and free to listen over internal speakers. For $9.99 you get the ability to stream over USB, Airplay, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt, Firewire, etc and enhance the sound using the 10-band equalizer.

March 2nd, 2015 • Permalink


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