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AWN Radio Applet

If you want to play a radio stream in the background without having to open a separate application for this, you can use AWN Radio, an unobtrusive AWN applet which sits in your Avant Window Navigator dock and can play a radio stream of your choice in just 2 clicks.

AWN Radio Applet is as minimalistic as it gets: you only get the list of radio streams you've added and a stop button. The preferences dialog only allows you to add radio streams and logs the radios stations you're listening to.

Because AWN Radio Applet uses Mplayer as its back-end, it supports all the formats that work with Mplayer.

Install AWN Radio Applet in Ubuntu (9.10, 10.04 and 10.10):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install awn-applet-radio

Note: I've only tested it with AWN 0.4.1+ from the AWN testing PPA!

If you're not using Ubuntu, you can grab the AWN Radio Applet source code from Launchpad.

AWN Radio Applet has been created Bryan Blunt who's also behind the AWN Window Manager Applet. And speaking about the AWN Window Manager, a lot of changes were made to this new applet last night and among the changes there's also a fix for the icon size so now the applet should respect your AWN icon size. Also, the plugin will now show up as "Window Manager" in the AWN applets list (instead of "Tile windows"). The new version has been uploaded to the WebUpd8 PPA. Instructions on installing it: AWN Window Manager (Tile) - New Avant Window Navigator Applet.