Desktop Linux radio player Gradio has broadcast word of its latest release, and it sounds great.

In my article on Gradio 6.0 I lamented the loss of the player’s handy ‘discover’ section which, although overcrowded, helped to surface radio stations popular with radio fans. The Discover section allowed me to (aptly) discover stations I wasn’t aware of or wouldn’t typically listen to.

So I’m pleased to say that, with the release of Gradio 7.0, the Discover section is back — and its presented in a clean, orderly style.

Talking of finding stations, the ‘add station’ and ‘search’ pages are now combined, while the Library no longer contains a separate tab for collections. The collection feature is still included, but is now surfaced when selecting multiple stations in the library.

Various parts of the UI have been tweaked, including the selection toolbar, application menu and the collections popover.

And, for peace of mind, your connection to the community-powered database is now encrypted.

GRadio 7.0

Gradio 7.0 changes:

  • Unified Library view
  • Discover section
  • First launch experience
  • Various UI improvements
  • Export saved stations as .m3u
  • Collections can be renamed
  • Performance improvements

Install Gradio 7.0 on Ubuntu

A Gradio PPA is no longer available.

The easiest way to install Gradio 7.0 on Ubuntu is using Flatpak.

If you already have the Flathub store enabled on your system you can open the Ubuntu Software app, search for ‘Gradio’, and install it there.

If you don’t have Flatpak or Flathub set up on your system now’s a great time to do it — all it takes is a couple of commands.

First install Flatpak itself:

sudo apt install flatpak

Next add the Flathub remote to install apps from:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Finally, install Gradio from Flathub:

sudo flatpak install flathub de.haeckerfelix.gradio

Do pay attention to the terminal after running the final command. Flatpak will prompt you to install any required/missing runtimes on your system.

Once installed you can update Gradio (and other apps you install from Flathub) using the ‘Updates’ tab in Ubuntu Software, where you’ll also be able to search for and install other applications from Flathub.

Question: How do you pronounce this app’s name: Gee-radio, gray-dee-oh, or Guh-radio? 

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