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Earth Tuner

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Type of Program: Audio/Video Search Engine & Player
Supported Platform: Windows 95/98/NT
Company Name: DigiBand
Version: 1.0
Price: free to try/ $29.95
Installed size: 1.9M


Ever feel like tearing your hair out -- you know there's a TON of music and video on the web, but it's scattered so far and wide, it takes you forever to find what you want. Well, put away the Rogaine and get yourself Earth Tuner. Here's is a truly unique app that hunts down and organizes multimedia content on the Internet -- by format or by any worldwide location you want. It's outstanding!

EarthTuner uses the RealPlayer 5.0 ActiveX control and teams up with your browser, to bring you Internet-based radio, TV, and multimedia programming. Its beautiful interface includes a colorful animated globe, allowing you to choose worldwide content from selected stations geographically; browse through regional directories with its Explorer-style window; or use its integrated search engine to find stations (and their websites), based on your search criteria.

EarthTuner has over 1,000 links to RealAudio and RealVideo content, with stations well organized by format -- over 20 music/media formats are listed, such as news, jazz, techno, rock, and so forth. Save your favorite sites for quick access via the 12 preset buttons. And as with your web browser, you can bookmark dozens of your favorite sites, and replay them with a menu click. It's also a one-click operation to check for updated content and for product updates from the Earth Tuner web site.

With Earth Tuner, it's unbelievably easy to ferret out exactly what you're looking for, which eliminates the hit-and-miss frustration of searching the Web unaided. This app is completely intuitive, with its numerous control buttons being self-explanatory while providing powerful, useful options. Yet, it comes with simple instructions and plenty of links to online help. It's free to try for 15 days, and registration costs $29.95. Support is provided to registered users.

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Reviewed by Bobbie Crowell
ICQ # 9407183

Note: Earth Tuner is not currently intended to run on the Real Player G2 beta players until these products are released in standard version. If you are using a G2 beta, there is no conflict in installing the RealPlayer 5.0 for EarthTuner functions.

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