FlyCast let me know that they have released a new beta of their FlyCast streaming radio app. Back in March they added Shoutcast support which was awesome and they keep on improving. The beta is free but station caching may cost more once the app is released into the App World in the future. Streaming will remain free but the caching option will be a one time charge.
The latest beta which is very close to final brings:
- Storm supports both landscape and portrait mode now.
- Station caching is optional, although I’m not sure why anyone wouldn’t use it.
- New Twitter interface added. Tweet a song and it will post a link to the song on your Twitter feed that any user can click on to be taken directly to that station on FlyCast to hear it.
- 8900 is supported
- Much more stable
The best feature in my opinion is that it lets you cache radio stations over your cellular connection and Wi-Fi. If you have a Wi-Fi or good 3G connection it can cache stations at a claimed 10x realtime. This way you can get hours of radio on your BlackBerry in a few minutes. It also means you do not need a constant connection to listen.
To try out the burst caching select a station you want to listen to and select the FlyBack 2 Hours icon. To verify it is working keep an eye out on the little yellow/green “cache indicator” line at the bottom of the player fly by. Once it turns green, that part of the stream is completely cached and you can jump to the next part of the stream. Try caching an hour (should take about 5-10 minutes with a good connection) and then stop playback. Go to My Stuff/Recordings and you’ll see 1 hour of that station cached on your device.
NOTE: Make sure to delete any old version before installing this beta