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Dec 13, 2018 at 12:03 am #12693574AshrafKeymaster
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but makes my computer freez every minute for 5 secondsDec 13, 2018 at 3:07 am #12694866SirGuest
It’s not a full premium version! You can`t choose all channels in this version, for example!Dec 13, 2018 at 3:26 am #12695096AllenGuest
I’ve tried to download about 3 different times and each time I save an exe file that has 0 bytes. Of course each time I try to run exe I get message that file is not a valid win 32 file. Help?
AllenDec 13, 2018 at 3:56 am #12695359MardelGuest
I had no trouble downloading and installing; yes it took quite sometime to install, but patience is needed just to simply wait. I registered it and opened a free account (which enables you to put the program on another computer); at that time, was notified that the program would have to be restarted.
Couldn’t find any country music stations listed under “country” as “country” wasn’t even listed. Did a search for several different radio stations and have come up with three (two in Texas) and one in Atlanta, Georgia (I’m in Florida). So far, no talk radio stations come up in doing a search for particular radio stations that I know are simply just talking. I googled country stations and came up with a list; entered the stations; and kept getting “no stations listed”. When it gives you an except….I clicked and that is how I was able to get the three that I have. It takes time to figure out how to work this program and am willing to do same. My advice, have patience if you want this program. Thanks SOS and Audials.Dec 13, 2018 at 3:59 am #12695386MardelGuest
[@Mardel] Forgot to mention that I am using Win7Pro if that matters.Dec 13, 2018 at 4:26 am #12695618JohnGuest
Your right about that. When you make a Music Wishlist and try to activate it, it says that you have to purchase an upgrade. Meaning you can make a list, but it will not search for an record that list. Although you can however record radio stations.
Audials should offer the Charts edition like they did last year this time instead of Radiotracker, the Charts edition lets you search for songs and record them.
Audials programs use a lot of resources and are very slow to start in my experience every time I have tried them and I have a fairly new PC with plenty of ram.Dec 13, 2018 at 5:42 am #12696156Peter BlaiseGuest
Audials is overly dependent on and trusting of Microsoft resources ( msvcredit-something errors during installation, I just ignored them, I give up trying to troubleshoot Microsoft crapola ).
Audials first run asked me to enter my name and email, but does not identify which box gets which, than asked me to create an Audials account or try later, but does not offer to let me sign into or even find / look up an existing account … this reveals right up front that there is poor auditing on the part of the programmers, as the first thing I experience, so I am getting ready for other careless / thoughtless / slipped / goofed / quirky / needs-work-arounds / “problems” throughout Audials.
If I have low expectations of Audials, then I will not be let down, right?
The first presentation screen just sits there with dozens of screen elements in view, NONE of which indicate if the program thinks of itself as a noun or a verb, NONE of the on-screen stuff offers the traditional functions any and all computer programs:
… [ create ] [ save ] [ edit ] [ present ] …
Where are those functions?
I dunno, let’s hunt .. the Audials programmers must have put those functions in there someplace!
I presume is should offer to let me [ listen ] to Internet radio, let me [ record ] stuff, let me [ save ] stuff, let me [ find ] stuff ir saved and stuff I already have, let me [ organize / edit ] stuff I already have … but I see nothing obvious that promises to do anything or show anything.
By letting me down, Audials is not letting me down ( see my low expectations above ! ).
I appreciate the modern affectation to make programs appear to have a low-contrast low-brightness gamer-cool screen … but I do not appreciate that there is nothing that distinguishes one element from another, no borders, no boundaries, no menus, some multiple lines might be single elements, some multiple lines might be multiple elements, some single or multiple lines may be nothing clickable at all …
I found the gear-icon “open options”, I signed into my Audials account there under [ UI settings ] ( luckily I remember my password, I have no idea how it would handle a forgotten ID or password ) … hey, wait a minute, so, the goofy Microsoft circle-and-a-half icon ( upside-down-Picasso-bull ) meaning “edit your credentials or sign out” ( it says that now, but I have no idea what it offered before I found the “sign-in” inside “options” … argh ).
Inside “options”, I select [ Color scheme: Snow ] then [ OK ], and … oh my goodness, the screen now looks like a real program — there are real borders and boundaries, oh my — hey, there’s a paint-roller icon that lets me directly change the program colors — cool!
I’ll figure this out … it’s like a new video-game-hidden-treasure-hunt to find what this program does, and to learn how to control it.
Okay, click on things … no response … right-click on things … no response.
I’d tell you what “things”, but it’s anything and everything that is unresponsive to any clicking.
Clicking on the Audials program screen is like clicking on a picture of a program, not like clicking on a real program itself.
I managed to get Internet radio stations to appear on the middle of the screen ( I remember a text-list in prior Audials versions with lots of information about the station, this version show icons with not so much information … and nowhere I can see how to control how the Internet radio station list is displayed … ) …
… I clicked on one of the icons and something appeared on the lower right corner of the program … oh, a [ > ] play icon … I clicked that … nothing … so, I wandered around the screen looking for other stuff … OH, suddenly it started playing the thing I clicked on earlier, a while ago, apparently there’s an unidentified delay before loading the chosen Internet radio station to play ( no “please wait while loading chosen station ____” message ? ) … ooo, well, it’s cool song anyway … now, how do I record it?
Maybe it auto records anything I’m listening too — that would be appropriate …
Nope, nowhere on screen is anything saying whether what I am listening to is being recorded or not ( it’s automatic then, right ? ) … my old physical cassette player/recorders ALWAYS had a [ RECORD ] button along with the other buttons, along with the [ > ] Play button and [ || ] Pause button and [ << ][ < ] Rewind button and [ > ][ >> ] Fast Forward button … but, what, no [ RECORD ] button?!?
I guess the programmers have never actually seen a physical recording device with real buttons, but have only played with all-purpose programming tools designed by others where “buttons” are a whimsical, optional philosophy, who needs buttons, really, actually, physically, existentially, ephemerally?
No [ RECORD ] button, along with the [ > ] Play button, seriously?
And Audials can’t find my existing music … I KNOW I have music on this PC … oh, change the default location from [ …\Music\Audials\… ] ( that’s not MY Music location ! ) to [ …\Music\… ] … so, Audials couldn’t figure out where MY music was?!?
Okay, I hear a cute song … click on the title and artist … no response … right-click on title and artist … nothing … so much for information on screen being available for my own cut-and-paste and look-up so that I can use it to find more of the same music inside or outside Audials.
Hmm .. there’s a panel saying “last 100 ( 4 new )” … and it’s showing … nothing that I’ve listened to, and nothing from my existing collection … ( and little scissors on some, little triangles on some … I’ll figure out that later ) … I suppose all this means something, but it means absolutely nothing to me.
Will it record stuff in the background if I subsequently click on additional stuff?
Will it show me multiple items in a “now recording” list?
Can I play one thing while recording another?
… actually I can ONLY record something else, something other than what I’ve been listening to, in spite of my intention to actually record what I am listening to.
What on earth is it recording?
Nope, yup. Audials is not letting me down by letting me down — if I keep my expectations low, lower, lowest!
Apparently a [ -> Record ] button I clicked on the screen somewhere else was somehow related to another station than the station I was listening to, it did not record the station I was listening to, the song I was watching in the lower right corner that had a [ > ] Play control on it, the station in the lower corner that was playing, but had NO [ RECORD ] button on the controls …
… so I was listening to some cool stuff, but apparently Audials was recording some other unrelated stuff in the background, completely and totally missing the chance to record the cool stuff I WAS actually listening to.
Ooops, I click on something else, and everything in the program screen disappeared, it was all replaced with other stuff, I have NO IDEA what’s happening, because I can still hear the Internet radio station I was listening to, but it’s NOWHERE ON SCREEN, just playing in my headphones … how do I get it back on screen so that I can see what I can hear, so I can see if what I hear is being recorded so I can …
… argh, Audials went silent …
… argh, Audials popped up a “not responding, close audials?” window …
… ( just ignore it, Peter Blaise, just ignore it … wait … wait … ahh, there, the sound came back, Audials started playing once again … continuing on … I wonder if it recorded the silence … )…
… I wonder if Audials will recorded anything or will do anything with the … with the …
… hey, the list of “last 100 …” is way-behind what I’m listening to, the displayed list is a couple of songs behind what I’m listening to, making me think that Audials is NOT recording what I’m listening to at all — it needs to show me a pre-list of “in process” songs, otherwise, I feel like I should kill Audials and re-open it again to see if it ever gets up to it’s own speed in real time …
… restart to … what, start this all over again, guessing at what does what, what’s doing what, what I’m missing, how to do anything, how to do one thing, how to do two things, how to do …
Audials may be a neat little program, be patient, have zero expectations, play, and remember, radio is NOT stationary, so to speak, in that you can’t rewind a live song on the radio th re-hear it, so if a song goes by, quickly try to write it’s information elsewhere in a list in, say, Microsoft Windows Notepad, and then use that list to drive your search for that later, inside Audials or elsewhere.
Maybe, if I get some free time ( ! ) and the desire, I’ll explore if there are any tutorials that explain where the Audials programmers hid the “Easter eggs” within the program, as everything in Audials seems to be hidden “Easter eggs”, a challenge for me to hunt and find and figure out … maybe I’ll see something at:
https :// support. audials. com/
I’ve given Audials and others loads of information here on what would make the program better:
Summary: NRFPTY ( Nerf Putty ) Not Ready For Prime Time Yet.
Considering that their web page offers Audials 2019, then maybe this offering of Audials 2018 should be withdrawn, considering how it’s doing nothing but pissing me off?
I wonder how Audials 2019 is programmed?
No, I don’t.
.Dec 13, 2018 at 7:42 am #12696916HarFanGGuest
Your review is funny, but gave me brain cancer. LoL.
After my reading, I went crazy, wondering “what’s that hell of a software” ?
Hey, I d’led it.
Used “Smarty uninstaller” (free giveaway) to track Audials installation. Just in case of misfortune…
All went fine, so I started the program. Yup, looks like a little slow. I can live with that.
I asked name + mail + serial key ===> I gave the serial, and nothing else, then clicked “don’t want an account”.
Thank you, you gave me direction to find the “gear options”. I switched to “snow” in color scheme : good one !
Having a look on what is under my eyes : wow, looks like full of stuff.
As I’m a french guy, I tried to type “RTL” in the search bar, a lot of channels came, I clicked on the one I thought
is the right one : bullseye ! It’s the right one I wanted.
Right now, it’s 10:40 AM in Canada (Christmas vacation) and I’m listening “Les grosses têtes” of Laurent Ruquier.
And do you know what ? There’s a big button telling “recording as”…
That means I don’t know how you tried the software, but I can assure you it’s working as it is supposed to.Dec 13, 2018 at 7:48 am #12696945Clear skyGuest
Thank you very much, you have opened a new world for me, a look at the program.) I will slowly to know/understand. It is a pity that the Russian language no. Thanks again to the developers of “Audials” and “sharewareonsale” for the opportunity to get acquainted with the program. nice program.Dec 13, 2018 at 10:23 am #12698033consuellaGuest
Thank you to Ashraf and the Developer for this giveaway.
I would like to mention that, although it takes some time to familiarize oneself with all the functions of the program, it is much easier to achieve that if you first download the PDF help file from their website. It tells you how to use various tools included in Audials Radiotracker 2018.
consuellaDec 13, 2018 at 11:07 am #12698255Peter BlaiseGuest
In Audials, there are SOMETIMES NO [ Record ] buttons anywhere on display in the Audials program presentation.
And oddly, for me, Audials started playing a song when there were no [ Record ] buttons in view anywhere.
So that’s why I at first suspected that Audials just automatically records anything playing.
Hey, if I can’t click [ Record ] anywhere, not even on a song I see, a song that is playing, a song I am hearing, right now, then how else could Audials record anything unless it was always recording automatically?
Yeah … no.
Audials does NOT record anything automatically.
Audials does NOT even record automatically anything you listen to through Audials.
In Audials, there is SOMETIMES a [ Record ] button in the middle, up top.
In audials, there is also sometimes a [ Record ] button in the middle, down below.
And, of course, sometimes, there is neither.
There may be [ Record ] buttons elsewhere in Audials, I haven’t dug deeper.
Both [ Record ] buttons that I found are unrelated to the song showing in the lower right corner … in the lower right corner where there is NEVER a [ Record ] button, but only a [ Play ] button.
Why “play” something if I cannot “record” it, Audials?
I can use ANY web browser to PLAY Internet radio, no need for Audials just to PLAY Internet radio, and I can use multiple tabs or multiple browsers to play multiple Internet radio stations simultaneously ( oh yeah, THAT’S diversionary fun ! ).
AND it’s possible to have a song showing in the lower right corner of Audials that is or is not playing in Audials.
AND it’s possible to have a song showing in the lower right corner of Audials that is or is not recording in Audials.
AND it’s possible to have another song playing in Audials that is not showing in the lower right corner in Audials.
AND it’s possible to have another song recording in Audials that is not showing in the lower right corner in Audials.
— So, it’s possible to see things in Audials that you can’t record,
… and it’s possible to record things in Audials that you can’t see.
I was listening to and recording Nina Simone singing “If You Knew” when it showed me Dionne Farris “I Know”.
You can’t write this stuff.
Wanna listen to Ed Sheeran while looking at Frank Sinatra?
Audials is your game then!
I also found ways to change the middle panel presentation in Audials to show me a list of what I have listened to ( not necessarily what Audials recorded ).
From there I can right-click on a song and select to search.
I did not test searching within Audials because I was afraid to interrupt a recording in session.
It also offered to search off-Audials.
This seemed to work, but searching Google went to the equivalent of “I’m feeling lucky” — in my test, Audials Google search opened up the home web page of the artist, not a Google search result.
So there’s a lot buried in Audials.
Sadly, much of what I need to see in Audials in order to understand and control Audials is buried in Audials.
That said, I have let Audials fill a directory with songs ( or parts of songs, I do not know, yet, if I remember correctly, Audials awaits second recording of songs to find and replace parts where the announces talked over the song ).
I will let other non-Audials programs try to identify and organize whatever Audials recorded ( free Musicbrainz Picard and free MP3Tag and so on ).
I’ll use free AbelsSoft YouTube Song Downloader and other free resources to get the rest of any new artist’s songs, but it’s nice to listen to new ( to me ) stuff on Internet radio, time-shift it so I can listen later, review a list of titles and artists, and shop outside of audials from there.
I use a lot of stuff that I cannot recommend to others ( DOS Debug is an example ).
Audials can be useful, I just don’t have high expectations of it.
Audials is for our entertainment, it’s not intended to support our career promises and financial security.
.Dec 13, 2018 at 11:30 am #12698445Peter BlaiseGuest
Thanks for the tease, we can browse to:
https ://audials. com/help/audials/2018/Audials_Radiotracker. pdf?lang=en
… for their PDF explanation of using Audials Radiotracker features.Dec 13, 2018 at 8:12 pm #12701369David BGuest
Good for recording internet radio – one of the better programs I’ve used.
Download and registration – no problems.
Wishlist function is not available on this ‘premium’ program.Dec 14, 2018 at 12:24 am #12702443Dave HowesGuest
A bit of a con this one, a lot of options result in ‘not available in demo version’ and nags you to pay for it…..