Radio Tuna is primarily billed as a music-discovery search engine. It more than meets what is expected of it. With a simple clean interface, it allows you to scan any number of radio-Internet stations. It filters these stations based on genre and next to these stations, you can see how frequently they play one particular type of music. The right side of the Web site is devoted to track information, along with a play/pause button and a volume control. It also includes the ability to share the station on any number of social networking sites.
Radio Tuna is best described as the love child of ‘Pandora Radio’ and Google. Taking some of the best parts from Pandora, and splicing them with the freedom that Google provides. No longer are you limited to a certain number of station changes or whatever cataloged music Pandora happens to have on hand; you have the freedom of thousands of radio stations. If one doesn’t play what you want, you can always find another.
The overall interface is relatively simple. There are two options for how you can explore all Radio Tuna has to offer. You can use the side bar under the genre tab on the site or you can type in a search. You can search for an artist, genre or station using the search bar. The site is still relatively young, and the search option can be rather limited at times, but that is certain to change as Radio Tuna ages.
Like any new thing, Radio Tuna has its bugs, particularly, the system that indicates how much of a certain genre a station plays. While it tends to be fairly accurate, there are other times when it is completely off, leaving a very confused listener: “Hey, I clicked this for metal, why am I hearing pop?” Also, the genre search does not have much in the way of sub-genres.”
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