FlyCast Goes Live On BlackBerry!

By Bla1ze on 4 Nov 2008 12:47 pm
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This folks is something I have been waiting for ever since Kevin mentioned it even before the BlackBerry Developer Conference. Now while the wait was a little bit of a killer for me personally, I'm finally able to say the wait is indeed now over and was well worth the it. FlyCast has come to your BlackBerry and has come bringing all of what it promised.

Never heard of FlyCast? You should read CrackBerry more! With over 1,000 channels of Music and entertainment, FlyCast stands and delivers an experience that I think BlackBerry users have been waiting for, with all this content being able to be streamed directly to your device for no charge to you, who can refuse. Content is king and FlyCast brings it to you.

FlyCast delivers a massive spectrum of content including news, talk, sports, traffic, weather and of course music. All this content is rolled up nicely in a very easy on the eyes GUI that fits in quite nicely with the Curves and Bolds out there and I'm sure will look great on the soon to be launched Storm. Sorry Pearl users, there's no love for you on this one at the moment.

Now I have to admit not all was rosey with the launch of FlyCast but that has no real bearing on its uses and user experience at this point. The thing I'm referring to here is the set up process. Shortly after launch I was unable to register the application from my device (invalid USERID error), no big deal. I hit up the support forums and quickly found the answer I was needing. I headed to the online registration and was up and running in 2 mins.

First up, the user interface is right at home on your device - the controls are well laid out and easily identifiable as to what they are. The only complaint I can mention here was that often times I saw the clock (hour glass) spinning on my Bold, often causing a lttle bit of lag in the device, but not while outside the FlyCast application itself. It was only while in the app I saw this happening... it obviously is an app that takes up a lot of system resources.

Next we have content. With over 1,000 stations to choose from at this point, FlyCast has you covered! Wanna listen to oldies? Or maybe rap is your thing? No worries either way as it's all there. Heck maybe talk radio is what you dig...FlyCast even has you covered there! This is probably the closest you will get to sattelite radio on your BlackBerry aside from XM Mobile. [ Note: Some channels are uncensored as well - at least that was the case with some of the ones I listened to. ]

Now comes the most mportant thing. Connectivity. How does FlyCast handle the situation with streaming? Is it like trying to watch an online video using dial up? No where near it actually (from my experience). I tested all options with this, from EDGE to 3G to WiFi. My experiences with EDGE was what I would call "sufficient." It was not the BEST experience, with the odd buffering and stalling at times but of course all this is reliant upon coverage as well. If you are in a good EDGE area you can expect less of this happening. 3G on Rogers was rock solid for me as well as over WiFi. I guess this sort of performance should just be expected, but sometimes you can't help but to expect the worst with these types of apps. One thing I did notice, that I have no real explanation for, is that the stations ran by AccuRadio always seemed to stream better then some of the others... maybe their services have more server power behind them?

With some enhanced features built into FlyCast such as something they refer to as SongSkip, which allows users to skip ahead to the next song over the streaming audio (impressive), right down to StreamSlip, which allows for listening to music/shows without an active connection, I see FlyCast making a big splash on BlackBerry devices.

For those interested in FlyCast you can pick it up at http://www.flycast.fm and if maybe FlyCast turns out to not be your thing, be sure to check out Nobex Radio Companion - they were the BlackBerryCool 15 winners sponsored by the BlackBerry Partners Fund and offer a fabulous service as well for streaming radio.

Topics: BlackBerry Apps

41 comments

JoDaMo

Just tried to install on my Sprint Curve 8330...and its a no go. On the website before installation it clearly states you must be running OS 4.5 on CDMA networks...and OS 4.3 on 3G networks.

At the rate that sprint is going with their OS release...looks like i'll never be able to try out this app! LoL

Anonymous123

There is PLENTY of love for the Pearl

Just need to have 4.5 os... I have a Pearl 8130 on Verizon with EVDO... I have found that just because a vendor says it only works on XYZ devices, it does not matter with Blackberry, just so long as you have the OS they support.

Bla1ze

Haha!! So true, but in this case I had to take the vendors word for it as I no longer have a Pearl to test it out on, so safe road was to go with the Vendors information @ that point rather then say "Ya it will work" without testing :)

So Close....Yet

I installed on my 8130 and it seems to work ok, except it only plays through the speaker....i can't get any sound through my headphones. Any suggestions?

DeadAnonymously

It works perfectly on my Sprint curve 8330.

Wow... a free app with this much streaming music. NICE! Been listening to the 1Club Blues Classics channel.

You have to listen to an ad or so every few songs. But, other than that, all good to go!

speedmetal69

Is this app available to US only?? I downloaded the app and it asked for a zip code not even an option for postal code
What the hell's up with that!! D:<

Bla1ze

You not reading the full options is whats up :P LOL!! Just choose other or where it says "Not In US", I assure you it's not US only considering I ran the tests on Rogers in Canada :)

speedmetal69

I had no idea that I had to enable my Wi-Fi to complete the installation until after the fact. But it worked.

oskaru

Looks like the 8830s have to wait for the OS upgrade, and will be good on downloading this one.

VoltaicShock

You can find OS 4.5 for the 8830, just have to look for it.

I have it on mine and I have tried FlyCast and it works great.

I have been waiting for streaming radio on my BB for awhile now.

wezra

Just installed it on my T-Mobile 8820 running Rogers OS 4.5.108. Works great on Wi-Fi.. sound is pretty good.. not like a Bose system by any means.. but this is a Blackberry after all. Listening to the "British Invasion" station right now..

Kim K

Just tried this on my pearl from Telus.
It installed fine, but the song only plays for like 20 seconds, then stops, then starts again a bit later...

nate7761#CB

Works fine on the Pearl...downloaded with no problems at all...can't wait to try this puppy out!!

Navan

Some people are having issues getting the audio to work, and I'm not seeing album covers and I can't skip ahead or back, or add stations to my favourite lists. I've got audio though!

Andrei

How much data does this use? Being on Rogers there is no unlimited data plan so I'm curious how fast this can eat up your bandwidth.

geoffmcmanus

Works great on my 8300 running 4.5. I'm loving this program.

McCarley

Is anyone else having trouble finding this URL on their phone? It keeps going until it reaches "running script" and just freezes.

starberry

I'm having the same problem, it's also caused the hour glass to appear every 30 seconds or so and spin. getting real annoying honestly, hopefully a bat pull will clear that up...

jrmtl

holy crips ... there's bugs in the login screen , just imagine the functionality. I can't see it being better than MOODIO.

ducksick34

Is there a way to use skyfire on 8330?

jdubau55

Tried it out. The only channels I got to work were the AccuRadio. Even they didn't stream very well. I have VZW and have 3G all over. Good app but I feel like its not quite ready. I didn't see anyway to change the channel without completely stopping the one you were listening to.

GapBoyPCS

I'm just trying to get more info, but I'm getting page load errors on both FireFox and IE. Did CB users just flood their site? :)

BrutalAngel

I can't get into the site either. "IE cannot display the webpage."

SaneinOne

I upgraded to version 1.19 and there was a crude looking "Search Messages" icon in my Downloads directory that was never there before. Seemed a little fishy. I was able to get the program to work over Edge/3G setting, briefly, by adding my APN setting. Worked a couple times then returned to the unable to connect to server error.

fanta911

I had tried logging in to their site this evening on my Bold and my computer and its a no go. Earlier, FireFox was showing errors, but its now working. On my Bold, I was just stuck on the registration page and nothing else... these bugs needs to be tweeked

ifte

With 4.6.0.168 its a no go :(
Tried many many times with 1.19

pacman44

FLYCAST was working yesterday up until around the evening. This morning I checked it on my phone and my computer and it is still not connecting.

jstirtzinger

Ok I've got it working now, the wifi account I was using had certain ports/streaming blocked. Works great now! (I only use wifi to avoid data charges and for bandwidth streaming....not sure how it works on 3G)

Jimmy Jam

I think it's great. I even get a couple of my favorite radio stations in my area.

pacman44

I just checked it this morning again and it is now working.

Jperez18

Just tried downloading it and an error message came up telling me: "Http 404 page not found"....I'm runnin OS 4.5 on Tmo. Could possibly be why? Any advice anyone? PM me some help!

joksinjai

this works great on wifi..however, i can't log in using 3g..
anyway to fix this?

i'm on the rogers network

joksinjai

i set to network only and it won't connect...however, i went to the tcp settings and changed it to internet.com and it surprisingly worked!

btw, it's really clear

Reefman

Nothing I have recognizes the file you get when you download from the site to get this program??? I don't get it!!!

Eggman961

I"m no BB expert, but I downloaded and it appeared to install fine, but there's no audio. I get album art, but no sound. Wonder what I'm a-doin' wrong.

At0m

It seems to only work with certain stations. I found that most of AccuRadio works on my 8130.

Bill Wood

It has my favorite station, RadioIO ambient! The interface isn't very BB "friendly" though. Seems like it was converted from the iPhone version.

RacerJ

I just tried installing it on my Storm... It'll *install*, but it's really ugly. Definitely made for that OS/GUI.