Frodio is a social radio system that provides users with a variety of music stations to listen to. The application boasts over 40 stations. Users can explore stations as well as listeners. Listeners, which are essentially the application’s users, are listed with their national flag and location, rank on the website and name. Users can also upload an image to go with their Frodio profile. Feedback and activity feeds give users more areas to interact and see what other Frodio users are doing. Top radio streams are displayed to the right. The player is nestled in the top of the page and includes the song name, band or artist, play controls and the option to like or share on social networks or buy the song online.
Frodio was founded in 2010. The Russian team focused on creating a cloud based radio system that included social elements. Frodio currently offers a number of social networking features, such as the ability to “like” and share songs on Facebook and Twitter. The application isn’t as popular as other online radio services, and maintains a community that is located almost entirely in Russia and the Ukraine.
Frodio is appealing to some users because of the social element included with it. The main difference users will notice is the origins of the Frodio audience. It is almost exclusively used by individuals in Russia and the Ukraine, with a few other countries thrown into the mix. The application offers many features that are very similar to other online radio services and social networks.
Frodio gets right to the point by presenting new visitors with its list of radio stations and easy access to other areas on the site, such as the listener list. A search bar is built in to help users find specific content. The user interface is clean and clutter-free. Frodio favors a grey-tone color scheme that gives it a slightly metallic feel that works well for its intended purpose.
A new user can join the Frodio community by clicking the white “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The form appears on the following page and asks for a first and last name, username, role (either listener or broadcaster), password and email address. A handful of red and blue buttons are available above the form for users who prefer to sign in with Facebook, Twitter, Last.FM, VK or LinkedIn.
Frodio is available to all internet users at no cost. There is no subscription requirement and the user does not have to make any purchases. The site does offer a “buy” link for each played song, but this is optional. Users can create an account and listen to music without paying anything for doing so. This is a good approach considering the many free alternatives that are already out there.
Frodio is ideal for users who love to listen to music on the web. The application is best suited to individuals in or around Russia. The community is primarily focused in Russia, however the service is not limited to the country. Users from anywhere can listen, however may find that some content and user comments may be difficult to understand unless the user can read Russian.