Radio isn’t as popular as it used to be. However, it’s still a great way to discover new music, listen to the news, talk shows, and all other entertaining stuff. I personally listen to the radio every morning to catch up on what’s on the news before I head out.
Most of the smartphones come with a built-in FM radio app although such apps can only play local FM stations. There are a lot of other great radio apps available for online radio streaming. Here are seven of them.
This is one of the most popular when it comes to streaming radio online. TuneIn comes with more than 100,000 radio stations along with over million on-demand programs and podcasts around the world. In addition to music, it can deliver news, sports, comedy programs, radio talks, etc. You have the luxury to choose to listen to any genre of music.
TuneIn app has a free and premium version. With the premium version, you can stream live NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, along with ad-free music streaming. You can also use the app on Android Wear devices, Google Chromecast, Android Auto or Android TV.
This is a lite Android radio app that can work even in low internet speed. The app has a user-friendly interface, and all the radio stations are well-sorted, based on different genres. It has hundreds of radio stations, and you can also search for any radio station of your choice in the search bar. You have an option to star certain stations as favorite and access them later. It also has a built-in equalizer and a sleep timer. It is available for free with in-app purchases and contains ads.
Just like TuneIn, this is equally one of the most popular solutions for radio apps. It has a wide range of stations to listen to, including FM stations and iHeartRadio’s own stations mixed in. You can find playlists for almost any mood, in almost any genre, and seasonal playlists for things like Christmas or Eid. It’s has a free plan has in-streaming ads and premium plans that come with additional features, including on-demand song playing. iHeartRadio also comes with Chromecast and Android Wear support.
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This app is not that popular but it comes with a wide range of cool features. It has about 50,000 live stations, which is pretty much a good enough number. You can also star your favorite stations and access them easily. The app interface includes themes, data management features, and some more power user features like adding your own radio station URL link, an equalizer, and Bluetooth options. The app comes free or paid.
This is another not so popular app but with amazing features. It has over 1000 radio channels to tune into. You can easily customize the app to suit your needs. There is a rating system and you can ban artists and songs from your station.
This app is a bit unique from the rest. Instead of focusing on specific stations, Pandora allows you to create your own stations. You can make them around your favorite artist, music genre, or even song. Pandora does offer playlists to stream, but most people just create their own. You can also get a premium subscription to remove and get on-demand song plays along with other features.
This is, basically, Google Earth for radio. You click and drag a 3D globe around, and zoom in on local stations around the world. Every dot represents a feed you can tune in to, and, using the options, you can switch between live streams, historical content, jingles, and recorded interviews. Live streams are the most engaging, and in a few minutes you can browse everything from Ugandan pop to Japanese J-pop to mention but a few. It has over 10,000 stations available to tune in to.
Your Local Radio apps
Many of the local FM stations are now embracing live streaming via an app. You can download their app on the app store and listen in live to all their programming.
Do you stream radio online? Which app do you use? Share with us in the comments below.