If you’re a SiriusXM customer, you may have realized that the satellite radio service’s online player for Mac is seemingly dysfunctional. I had tried multiple different browsers, including Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, but I was not able to achieve music playback through the SiriusXM online player whatsoever. Frustrated, I searched the web for alternative players for Mac; thankfully, I came across the simplistic, customizable app Radium. Not only does it support subscription-based services like Sirius, but it also supports hundreds of different free streaming radio stations worldwide.
The application sits atop your Mac in the menu next to Spotlight search. The radio stations that are available for playback are presented in a tidy drop-down list, including a search bar for finding specific stations. Radium works with the popular Growl notification system on Mac, which provides playback information sporadically while you’re doing other tasks on your Mac such as word processing or browsing the web. Furthermore, Radium has social networking integration with Facebook, Twitter, and Google Buzz; the latter of those three, however, is being discontinued as we speak. Along with SiriusXM, Radium also supports Live365, Sky Radio, Last.fm, K-PIG, and several other streaming services. Radium is available online and in the Mac App Store for $24.99 with a 30-day trial.