updated 09:15 pm EDT, Mon August 2, 2010
Radium works well, GoodSync limited by PC origins
MacNN has reviewed Radium, a mac radio player, along with the back-up and file sync software, GoodSync. Radium streams from a list of thousands of stations, including Sirius/XM content, international stations and subscription services. Playback takes up little space on the screen -- a Now Playing and stations available listing is available via a drop-down window on the Mac's Status Bar.
Preferences allow for automation, such as quick-starting and playing from the same channel between uses. Adding stations is quick, as the software has a built-in utility for searching through stations. The search bar can be helpful in finding a station's drop-down listings. Stations aren't listed alphabetically, which is a minor annoyance. The $16 application works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.
GoodSync for Mac allows users to sync files between a computer and a mobile device, specific folders, or external hard drives. The software is derived from its Windows-based counterpart and does have some behaviors that strike the reviewer as non-Mac-like, but the function is simple enough, with the user choosing an originating source disk or folder, then a destination folder, disk or networked drive.
GoodSync can filter files before syncing or backup, while users can build their own filters. It can perform complex operations such as chained backups or server synchronization. The online documentation is mostly helpful, though the documentation is written for Windows users, making translations difficult for complex options the software is capable of performing. The software is $30.