Saturday, May 14, 2011

Best Android Radio App - With Over 50000 Free Online Internet Radio Stations

In last post I talked about wonderful app for playing and enjoying Android music. If you have not read it yet then you can find it at : Best Android Music Player - App with Themes, Equalizer, Album Art and Lyrics

In this post I am going to talk about another music and Android streaming audio source app, one of the best Android Radio which you can download and enjoy for free. This first of the radio apps I posted here about. You can read about second radio app at : Radio App For Android - Listen Music You Love Anywhere And Anytime

Best Apps For Android TuneIn Radio
TuneIn Radio App : This is one of the popular and cool Android Radio apps. It has list of over 50000 free FM, AM, ham radio and online internet radio stations from different countries and in different languages. User interface of the app is simple and effective. Being a internet radio app what it needs is only internet connectivity. Unlike default Android radio, it does not need head phone to be plugged in to act as antenna. Another best part is you can listen to your favorite radio station from any part of the world. When you start the TuneIn radio it displays the categories of radio stations as shown in image below.

Android Radio - TuneIn
As you see in android radio image shown above, radio stations are categorized in very useful categories namely Local Radio, Music, Talk, Sports, By Location, By Language and Podcasts. If you tap one of the categories say Music then app would display the next screen with sub categories as shown below.

Android Radio - Music Stations
Android Radio - Music Stations
As shown in image above radio stations are further categorized by type of music namely Adult Contemp, Alt.Rock, Best Bets, Children's, Classic Rock, Classical, Country and so on. Tapping any of these sub categories displays the list of radio stations in that category. For example if you tap Classical then it would display screen with following radio stations list.

Android Radio - Classical Music Stations
Android Radio - Classical Music Stations
Above image of android radio app is displaying all the classical music stations available with TuneIn online internet radio. You can tap any of the radio station from the list to display following screen and start playing it.

Android Radio - WETA station
Android Radio - WETA station
Screenshot above is showing the WETA radio station being played with TuneIn Android radio app. Immediately below the title bar of the app is displayed the name of the radio station, WETA in above case. Below the station name is displayed the remaining duration of current streaming audio content from this radio station. Progress bar shows the same information visually. Below the progress bar is "Add to Presets" button. You can tap this button to add the given radio station to presets list. Presets is equivalent to favorite option that we see in other apps. At bottom of the screen is buffering status of the radio stream and at right is a button which you can tap to stop playing this station.

The Radio stations list displayed in previous to previous screenshot can be scrolled down to find more stations. At the end of the list a "More Stations" item is displayed as shown in image below.

Android Radio - More Stations
This "More Stations" item is very useful feature. App displays only small list of stations from huge list and provides this option to tap for showing more entries. This improves the response time of the app drastically. App also displays the Shows just below the "More Stations" option entry. Scrolling down further on this screens provides few more useful choices as shown in image below.

Android Radio - Most Popular Stations
Android Radio - Most Popular Stations
As shown in above image, Explore Classical section is displayed at the end of the screen. This would vary depending on type of sub category you select. Here there are two useful choices, "Most Popular" and "By Location". You can further filter the Classical Music Radio stations by tapping "By Location" option to display the screen as shown below.

Android Radio - Stations By Locations
Android Radio - Stations By Locations
As you can see it allows you to filter the selected radio station category by locations like Africa, Asia,Australasia, Caribbean Islands, Central America, Europe, North America, South America and so on. Tap one of the areas to go on filtering the stations for specific region and you can find the stations of your interests as shown in example below.

Android Radio - Classical Music Stations in US
Android Radio - Classical Music Stations in US
Above screenshot shows the classical music radio stations filtered to display only from US. This way you can find the radio station of your interest. Once found add it to presets so that you can find it quickly next time. All the stations you add to presets can be seen quickly by tapping "My Presets" tab at just below the title and top of the screen. This displays the presets screen as shown below.

Android Radio - My Presets
Android Radio - My Presets
Stations displayed at My Presets tab can vary depending on which stations you have already added to presets. This list can be empty if you have not yet added any radio station to presets. It is possible to store all your presets stations at TuneIn server so that you can access it from any other device. For this you need to register for TuneIn account and use the account credentials with radio app. For entering the account credentials press the menu button of your Android phone and tap the settings menu. It would display the TuneIn settings screen as shown below.

Android Radio - TuneIn Settings
Android Radio - TuneIn Settings
The first option in settings screens above if tapped allows you to enter the TuneIn account credentials. One more important and useful feature of this app is search. You can find a magnifying glass icon at top right corner of the screen. You can tap this icon to start searching for a Radio station you are looking for. You can perform the search by Artist, Album and Song also to find the radio station that is playing it. Isn't it wonderful?

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You can download apk of this app from your favorite Android market or store. Like other apps you can get update of the latest version of this Android radio app for free. Download and start using this free and wonderful Android radio app today.

As mentioned earlier, this first of the radio apps I posted here and you can read about second radio app at : Radio App For Android - Listen Music You Love Anywhere And Anytime

If you like this post then you may want to read few more interesting posts about best and exciting Android apps in popular posts section at right. Keep checking back for more best apps for Android.

1 comment:

Christopher said...

Thanks for the very thorough review of the TuneIn radio app.