Swedish webcaster Radical.fm has launched an pre-release "alpha test" HTML5 version of its service for the web, with mobile apps in development.
The new HTML5 service is available to music industry professionals, journalists, and bloggers by invitation only. HTML5 is the newest iteration of "markup" language for the web, and integrates audio and video streams (as opposed to requiring an external application like Flash).
The Radical suite of online music services includes what it calls "passive stations" (which Radical compares to Pandora), "active playlists (like Spotify)," and a "personal broadcast" service called RadCast (which "makes every listener the owner of a broadcast radio station and permits personal streams to be shared in real-time").
Regarding RadCast, Radical founder/CEO Thomas McAlevey says in his company's press release, "Soon we will release TALK (in a Public Beta) giving users worldwide the ability to interject live audio for hosting music and talk shows, conducting interviews, and maybe toppling a dictatorship or two. The last bastion of old-fashioned radio – personalities and local content – is about to fall."
Radical invites artists to upload their material for streaming on the service, and now integrates SoundCloud to make that process easier.
Read Radical's press release here. Watch for a full review of Radical.fm in RAIN soon.