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A good-looking streaming-audio app hampered by usability issues (pictures)

Radical.FM wants to be your new streaming-audio app, but at this point, it's going to need some more work before I'd recommend using it instead of popular apps like Pandora or Slacker Radio.

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Gridlike cover layout

While you listen, Radical.FM shows you the album covers for the songs playing.
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Slide-out main menu

Touching the button in the upper left of the cover view opens the main menu, where you can access stations and custom genres (playlists) you have created.
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Browse premade genres

When you just want to listen to a stream of music: create a new station and pick from several genres that you can mix together and fine-tune while listening.
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Like or block songs and artists

Touching the album cover for the current song lets you "like" it to hear similar songs, or you can block a song or artist from playing in your stream. You also can fine-tune your station, add another genre, or request a song to be played at some time in the future.
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Search for music

When making a custom genre, you can search for songs by band or song name. Scrolling through the list is slow and choppy at this early stage of the app's lifespan.

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