Radio Calico

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High resolution Internet radio for audiophiles like you! Lossless 48kHz/24-bit streaming of a variety of genres, with a focus on quality remasters. Ad-free.

Many songs contain explicit lyrics. For United States listeners only. Broadcasting from Merritt Island, Florida.


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About Radio Calico

Radio Calico was born out of DJ Frank’s desire for a high-resolution station with a variety of music to listen to at work. Some of the major music services offer high-resolution tracks through their apps, but playlists and stations that feature HD audio are extremely limited. Radio Calico offers a lossless stream of high-definition, high-fidelity audio you can listen to all day. As far as we can tell, we are the first to offer Ultra-HD audio on the web in a mobile-friendly format.

We couldn’t find existing radio station software that handled lossless streaming, so we had to build our own using Unix scripts and patched versions of open-source software libraries. Our tracks originate from Qobuz and we purchase them in high-definition audio whenever available, so we can stream them to you at better-than-CD quality. Our music is licensed through ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and SoundExchange.

Yes, this does cost us money, but we have hobbies that are more expensive than this! At some point we may add the ability to donate or buy merch if you’d like to give back.

One genre is boring, so you’ll hear an eclectic mix. It’s heavy on rock – especially rock that Generation X grew up with. But we’ve also thrown in some pop, new wave, old-school rap, classic jazz, vocal jazz, and even some heavy metal to keep you on your toes.

We do not process the sound you hear from its original recording, apart from adjusting its volume and feeding it into your stream. Most radio stations “compress” the sound to make it loud and attention-grabbing at all times, but we keep the music the way it was intended and preserve its original dynamic range.

If you’d like to listen in your favorite player outside of this website, our high-resolution (48K / 24-bit lossless) stream URL is https://radio3.radio-calico.com:8443/calico. If your connection or device can’t handle the bandwidth needed for HD audio, there is also a 192kbps MP3 stream available at https://radio3.radio-calico.com:8443/calico.mp3. If you have a player that supports HLS (HTTP Live Streaming), the link to the HLS stream you’re hearing on this site (which is 48kHz FLAC with fallbacks to 44.1kHz FLAC and 192kbps AAC for low-bandwidth connections) is https://d3d4yli4hf5bmh.cloudfront.net/hls/live.m3u8 . HLS is a newer protocol that is more mobile-friendly, but support for lossless streaming through HLS on the web is hard to find outside of this website’s player.


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