The next version of the Radio Userland package which I use to publish this weblog will apparently be “priced competitively with Groove“. It’s very competitive at present, being free! It sounds as if that won’t be true in future, which is a pity – I would have it was worth having it widely distributed as an introduction to Userland’s more powerful Frontier application.

But the comparison with Groove is an interesting one which had occurred to me before. On the surface they are very different applications, but they are both built on underlying platforms which are much more flexible and more powerful than the casual user might realise, and which have a certain amount in common. Groove promises quite a bit more, at present, but Radio delivers more reliably, in my experience. It will be interesting to see the next version, which will also – goody! – be available on Mac OS X.

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