Airtime: open source software for radio stations
The Sourcefabric developers have released an update to their open source Airtime radio software that adds a number of improvements which make it easier to install and upgrade to new versions. Airtime is a server application which allows users, from any modern web browser, to upload audio, create playlists with drag and drop, incorporate track transitions, build complete shows and then schedule them for transmission.
The new version, 1.8.2, incorporates 58 improvements. Most signifigantly, the installation and upgrade process has been simplified and a new command-line programme, "airtime-check-system", can validate the components of an Airtime installation.
Following feedback from users, a number of small changes have been made to the interface: the "Now Playing" screen now displays whether or not a show is currently being recorded. The upload limit for audio files has also been increased from 100 MB to 500 MB. Screenshots are available on the project's web site and details about the release, including a short video, can be found in the announcement news post and in the change log. Airtime 1.8.2 is available to download from Sourcefabric.org.
The developers recommend using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a computer with at least 512 MB RAM and a 1 GHz processor. An online demo, as well as a quick guide and user manual are also provided. Hosted on GitHub, Airtime source code is licensed under the GPLv3.