Screamer Radio v0.4.4

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013

Screamer Radio is a player for streaming Internet radio. It supports Shoutcast and Icecast MP3, Icecast OGG Vorbis, WMA and AAC streaming. It also support recording of streams.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable ZIP" package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch screamer.exe.
What's new?

* Means something was changed/fixed
+ Means something was added
- Means something was removed


-- Version 0.4.4, released 2010-11-20


101120:
* Updated lame_enc.dll


-- Version 0.4.4 beta 2010-09-28


100928:
* Fixed menu bug with ampersands


100926:
* A check that the url field is actually a URL
+ When playing presets, clicking the station link will take you to the
preset page on screamer-radio.com, this indicated by a red link color
* Fixed version number in resource file


100925:
* Fixed paged menus, now counting from 1-50, 51-100 instead of 0-50 ..
* Fixed crash bug for stations that embed XML in the stream title field




-- Version 0.4.4 beta 2010-09-24


100924:
* Fixed meta parsing crash bug
* Menu fix to be compatible with screen readers
* Upgraded BASS to 2.4.6.0
* Upgraded BASSWMA to 2.4.4.0
* Upgraded BASS_AAC to 2.4.2.0
* Enabled BASS playlist parsing as fallback
* Turned on DisablePopups option as default


090222:
* Fixed typo in configuration dialog


081019:
* Fixed bug that could cause random crashes on menu select


081016:
* Win98 version would not start because of new Vista compatible features


081014:
* Certain null streams caused stop callbacks before connection was even
finished, could cause a deadlock situation

37 comments on Screamer Radio  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

TPFC Fan 2006-05-05 09:48

Great Radio & Recorder.
Start, listen and record.
Very simple to use.
I wont use winamp anymore for listening Radio,and recording streams.
Great Software :)

ljegal 2006-05-05 15:56

Great software! Beats all the corresponding commercial software I have bought. Could have saved myself the money.

s.OsoK 2006-05-08 06:15

Great software ! Excellent logiciel, traduction française et préselections des principales radios de chaque pays. OuiFM, RTL, FranceInfo, NRJ,etc...

PeteM 2006-05-10 05:58

Just added this to my USB flash pen. Works beautifully! A superb job.

r00ted 2006-09-28 06:54

Does this work for last.fm? I would assume no, since they seem to have their own metadata streaming server thing.

kmana 2006-12-19 16:52

Really simple. Really worked. Really great.
Thanks for this program to author

jondowne 2007-01-26 08:50

Used it for 12 months plus with no problems.
This program does its job perfectly with no
hassle, respect to the author.
I have recommended this program to many friends.

Meter 2007-04-10 14:12

Superb! Seems to handle aac+ streams just fine. You can manually edit your 'Favorites' list by opening the 'favorites.xml' file (in the root folder) in a text editor. I added aac+ versions of my favorite soma.fm streams this way (e.g., http://somafm.com/groovesalad48.pls.

Meter 2007-04-10 14:30

Doh! You can open the 'favorites.xml' file directly from the program under File -> Edit favorites. Silly me.

El_Noire 2007-05-17 07:12

This little program is one of my favorites: There are a small other programs like that, but they are either too big and slow or too complicated (ie. Winamp+Streamripper)This little tool gets the job done. Adding your own favorite stations to ScreamerRadio is also no problem - and it's portable! Way to go Screamer Radio, thanks :)

SteveIT 2007-11-19 04:38

Great little program, exactly what I need, many thanks to the author.

Jazzman 2007-12-04 23:53

Screamer Radio is typical abandon ware, full of bugs, underdeveloped, has no support and the programmer has no interest to continue his work! In the meantime I just found a better product in the net.

Mosh Mosh 2007-12-28 13:46

Works Just fine from my Usb Drive.Great Little Piece of Software.Many thanks

Static 2008-02-07 15:56

My favorites get dumped each time I close and re-open the app, anybody know how to fix this?

Crid 2008-04-05 12:06

It's impossible to understand why someone would make a comment like the one Jazzman made above. This is very good software; being a portable app makes it brilliant software; being available at a price of zero makes it some of the best code every written.

It's a shame if the developer has decided not to update it and make the interface conform to my preferences... But it's also a shame that he's not going to come over and paint my house and cook dinner for my kids and wash the car. How much do you expect to have done for free.

Giving up treasures like this is going to make it very difficult to move to a 64bit OS.

Crid 2008-04-05 12:07

By the way, I think it only saves favorites from its own list of stations. That list gets updated a lot, apparently. And all the ones I want happen to be on there.

ronald 2008-04-14 08:58

is neccesary admin right, the list of radio is update when run the program.

a 2008-05-07 21:11

highly recommended, works just as needed, very lightweight internet radio player. I'm able to play AND record songs and it includes a play list, no need to fiddle around looking for stations.

Engie 2008-06-08 05:38

There is at least one problem - Screamer fills all desktop heap
http://forums.screamer-radio.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9537
The solution is here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126962
I set SharedSection=1024,8192,1024 and problem disappeared.

Tim 2008-08-23 06:59

Fantastic - the version 0.41 works with bbc radio! I love this app.

Jake 2008-08-23 22:24

v0.41. I've seen programs with more bugs but not many. This program got lost more times than I care to remember. When the preset list gets corrupted, the program is useless. I re-installed the program several times but finally gave up. Bottom line: Great in theory but far from ready for prime time. I will probably try again when a new version is released.

SteveIT 2008-08-25 04:07

I commented "Great little program, exactly what I need, many thanks to the author." last year. I wrote that comment after I'd only used Screamer for a few days. I'd like to take back that comment. I used Screamer for a few weeks and at random times, it would crash, for no apparent reason, taking with it other programs that run in background. Avoid this one.

Charlee 2008-08-26 02:06

Hmm, not bad...I just discovered this little app and it seems to be cool, quite a life saver at work, when I don't carry my CDs or my PSP. The GUI could use some work but not really that necessary in my case, WindowBlinds beautifies it for me at home =).

Alchemist 2008-09-01 05:21

I've been using this for >1year - at home, at work, at friend's computers. I had little problems, it never crashed. The only problem is that favorites-file - whenever you add a stream that contains an "&" the list won't display. Otherwise great.

Junkheer 2008-09-09 10:15

I've been using screamer for well over a year, with very few problem. It is possible to add programs other than those in its own "presets" list, simply by opening the "file" menu, then opening the "open url" submenu and putting in any url for a streaming internet station, either by typing it in, or more easily, cutting and pasting it in.

Once it is playing you then go to the favorites menu and click on "add to favorites" nothing could be simpler.

I use this program in combination with a Griffin FM Rocket, a USB FM transmitter. I can listen to stations on my FM radio while someone else listens to other streams directly on the computer. It does take a bit of settting up (you have to disable the soundcard in the audio menu of windows, so that Screamer does not recognize it, start the program, let the first stream start to play, and then enable the soundcard again. From this point you can keep changing streams whenever you want and they will only play over the FM transmitter and nothing is heard through the soundcard....this avoids inevitable problems in one computer households)

I have been very happy with screamer. No other media player except a proprietory British Program I had called BT Voyager, allows you to select which sound device you would like to play the music through.

Sure its been a little buggy ever since I have had to start using Vista, but largely that seems to be more a problem that occurs when the internet radio streams are loading very slowly, and this tends to lock the program up, requiring a restart, but I have had exactly the same problems with WinAmp and Windows Media Player.

This is a great program to carry around on a USB drive. Or even a small MP3 player. When I have to travel, ot go on conferences with a family member, I simply take along the device, a pair of earbuds, and look for a free computer at the conference site. Then I sit back and listen to internet radio while waiting for their conference to end.

I have a number of PDA's and even a small portable internet radio, but more often than not, many wifi hotspots prevent internet radio streams from being used, but free computers at the same locations do not do this, so this comes in very handy when I cannot listen to internet radio through a wifi service.

It is hard to complain when a piece of software is free, and it seems that more people have used this software than some of the other free portable programs.

I give Screamer a major thumbs up and I frequently recommend it to people who do not want to be bothered with large and complicated programs like Real Player or WinAmp, both admirable program if you need that sort of complexity, but Screamer does fill a niche that others do not.

zamolxis 2008-11-30 04:27

I thought VLC was the granddaddy of stream recording. Does this program offer anything extra?

imafanofscreamer 2009-02-05 06:16

Screamer is surely more for the ears than for the eyes - some nifty skins would be great - but alas
For the portable freaks: if you only use the english interface you don't need the language dir - if you only use the standard icons you don't need the icons dir - if you got your favourites together you don't need the presets.xml.gz file
here is what I did
chose my dirty dozen of favourite streams, checked on the original homepages for "better quality" streams, deleted the presets-file - and it's working fine (with less memory usage), I suppose the startup option "update presets" must be turned off - when I'm listening to internet radio I sure can check for new shoutcasts streams online, can't I?
PS screamer does all I need: volume normalization, recordings separated by tracks, logging the track titles and and

Tom 2009-04-19 00:32

It seems like the tool is no more. The page is down and you no longer can listen to any music. Seems like they sent every stream request to a proxy, which is now down.

However I read in the Screamer forum that there is an alternative. Check out "Radio? Sure!" (www.radiosure.com)

It's free, it's portable and IMHO it's even has more features than Screamer had.

Ancient Images 2010-11-20 19:58

I'll second Radio Sure. It's lite weight, free, portable, you can losslessly record the mp3 streams, it has skins, what's not to like?

My buddy saw Radio Sure and he said, "Hell, why am I paying for XM Radio!?" :D

Lurker 2010-11-20 22:52

It's very good, but the interface is clunky; the stations are such a burden to go through. TapinRadio has a better interface -- a list instead of menu but has its own faults (larger size, smaller amount of stations)

@Acient Images, your buddy is paying for XM Radio because it offers high quality audio, and stable connection. Most of the stations I've tried with Screamerradio were dead.

Gmacri 2010-11-22 11:24

Try Tapin Radio is free, portable and most of stations working are fine

Emka 2011-04-23 07:55

If I'm not completely mistaken, the website states as of late March 2011 that the next version (due in summer) is going to require .NET...
Hopefully it's going to remain portable and stealth apart from the .NET dependency. We've already lost RadioSure...

V0.4.4

Magibon 2011-04-23 09:35

Question:
Does this automatically update the stations?

V0.4.4

melancholy 2011-05-27 01:05

The download page sez: "updated March 06, 2011" except there's no version change O.O

V0.4.4

melancholy 2011-05-27 01:17

@Magibon: Yes.

@Lurker: I agree, the multiple-menu interface is absolutely rubbish. a "treeview/listview" makes more sense -- but it's portable, has a plethera of stations, can record the stations and its free of charge, so the positive outway the negatives. and my mum who's not a keenest of tech people, can even use it!

V0.4.4

Emka 2011-05-27 04:07

@melancholy: I suppose it was the stations that were updated in March.

V0.4.4

bankr 2013-08-05 06:36

A new .NET version is the most uglyest prog I've ever seen (((
Sorry for lost of simplicity. It was very promising...

v0.4.4

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