Internet radio network Live365 has launched Radio365, its new application-based player for the Windows and Macintosh platforms.

Internet radio network Live365 has launched Radio365, its new application-based player for the Windows and Macintosh platforms.

Radio365, the first standalone player from Live 365, can be downloaded and placed on a desktop with other applications. By launching Radio365, listeners need not go to Live365's Web site to access the service's stations. Radio365 allows access to thousands of Live365 stations, many in CD-quality and all without pop-ups or other visual advertisements. Listeners can browse stations by genre or search the network for stations that play a particular artist, album or track.

Radio365 also links Internet radio with downloads, enabling listeners to purchase tracks from a station's playlist. In a first for the service, listeners can click a "buy" button to locate the track in the iTunes Music Store and can purchase with a second click if registered with iTunes. This functionality is initially available only for the Macintosh version of Radio365.

Live365 is offering the player for a free 35-hour trial, after which it can be purchased for $14.95, or can continue to be used but with access to fewer stations. Alternatively, listeners can subscribe to Live365's Preferred Membership, which includes Radio365 and unlimited access to the Live365 network without audio ads. Preferred membership fees start at $3.65 per month.

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