New Search Engine Indexes Thousands Of Radio Stations With Artist, Song, Genre & Show Search Filters

Radio Search EngineA beta version of RadioSearchEngine.com launched this week after more than a year in development. According to its creator Michael Robertson, the site is the world’s first radio search engine, “There are other directories of A-Z lists of radio stations, but this is the first search engine where any song or artist can be located on stations playing from anywhere in the world.”

Unlike Uberstations.com where users search by a station’s location or call letters, Radio Search Engine offers multiple search features, allowing users to search by artist, song, music genre and radio show.

The site includes a list of trending songs and shows, along with a universal audio player. The fast-forward button on the audio player skips to similar songs, while the ‘thumbs up’ icon offers a list of similar stations and the ‘thumbs down’ icon takes users to a new station.

Robertson says his site indexes thousands of radio stations worldwide evenly split between Internet-only stations and simulcasters that transmit their AM/FM stations online. Radio Search Engine also has an API that developers can use to build mobile apps, Web players, search engines and any other audio application.

The following video recorded by Robertson offers an overview of his newly launched search engine:

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  • Stuart Blessman

    This will probably bring up depressing results about the uniformity of music across stations…

  • Michael Robertson

    Yes and no. Many of the US FM stations are strikingly uniform but about half of the stations indexed are net only these stations have the luxury of being able to appeal to a narrow niche which leads to considerably more variability. There’s stations dedicated to individual artists, tiny niches even songs that play nothing but Mario Bros theme song music – really – no joke!

    http://radiosearchengine.com/search/mario-radio

    Give it a try and I think you’ll be surprised at the diversity!

  • Michael Robertson

    Yes and no. Many of the US FM stations are strikingly uniform but about half of the stations indexed are net only these stations have the luxury of being able to appeal to a narrow niche which leads to considerably more variability. There’s stations dedicated to individual artists, tiny niches even songs that play nothing but Mario Bros theme song music – really – no joke!

    http://radiosearchengine.com/search/mario-radio

    Give it a try and I think you’ll be surprised at the diversity!

  • Stuart David

    I noticed that on searching some big names too lol

  • Stuart David

    What’s the tl;dr on this with regards to licensing?

  • Stuart David

    I like what its doing, the design need a lot of work though to be appealing, I understand its beta though.

    I just sat for 20 minutes watching how they run it with Firebug going, seems quite straight forward from a serving perspective and how they’re relating everything from an Artists profile.

    From watching Firebug, they seem to pull a lot of data from dar.fm using the API available there. Like, I don’t see anything other than direct requests from that API actually, makes me question how much the ‘search engine’ aspect is in play, as dar.fm arrange a lot of the stuff, and just simple case of leaning on the information they supply then having it show.

    tl;dr: Isn’t a search engine (in the sense you can optimize for it or like usual topic of SE you cover), they just grab data from dar.fm’s available API which lends a lot of the real time aspects and matching

    Just my 2 cents.

  • Stuart Blessman

    Stuart David, I like your name!

  • partyviberadio

    Adding stations is done through dar.fm so yes this isn’t really a search engine as such, more an alternative means of searching their database from the same people behind uberstations…

  • Illogicalthinker

    Maybe I am not thinking, but whats the point? Why would I want to come into songs late, listen to seemingly endless radio station ads, and constantly have to change stations? There’s a long list of sites that are better options. Youtube, Pandora and Last.fm just to name a few.

    Seriously am I missing something?

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