Airtime, the free, open source radio software, increased its feature set significantly in April and May with three releases in thirty days. The Airtime server software runs on Ubuntu Linux, Debian, and Redhat and multiple users can use the software to schedule radio shows remotely through any web browser.
It is developed by Sourcefabric, a Czech non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting quality journalism through open source software and tools. The latest release was Airtime 1.8.1 on May 3rd.
“Airtime now contains one of the most-requested features by our users: the ability to automatically record a live show and rebroadcast up to ten times at later dates” said Paul Baranowski, Chief Technical Officer. “Stations can now also upload a recorded show automatically to Soundcloud, one of the fastest growing audio-sharing sites in the world.”
Airtime’s calendar also now performs better than ever - loading a station schedule is five to eight times faster. In tests of Airtime 1.7, if the month calendar had shows scheduled for every hour of every day, it used to take 16 seconds to load. In Airtime 1.8 it takes two seconds.
Airtime comes packaged for the first time with a pair of standalone JQuery widgets allowing websites to display what’s currently playing and the upcoming schedule of a radio station using the software.
Other significant improvements include greater support for web-streaming, improvements for single-button Apple computers, native support of the open source OGG format, full support of Internet Explorer 8 and improved install scripts.
“The increased feature set is getting the worldwide community attention it deserves,” said Sava Tatić, Sourcefabric’s Managing Director. “We’re seeing an increasing number of stations switching to Airtime and making use of the services we offer, including technical support and paid feature development.”