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Best Radio App Finalists

The 2013 Readers' Choice Awards on About.com

It's fun to listen to your own music on an iPhone or iPod, but how do you discover new music? Even these days, you can use the tried-and-true method: the radio. Radio apps do a lot more than just play new songs, though. They also use your tastes to customize what you hear to help you find new music you'll like. Vote for the best radio app here.

iTuner Radio
Price: Free or $0.99
Don't like the radio stations in your area? With iTuner, you'll never again be stuck listening to a station you don't like. This app lets you stream over 30,000 live radio stations from over 80 countries right to your iOS device or AirPlay-compatible speakers. Search for stations by type (music, news, sports, etc.), genre, country, or popularity. You can even record the streams to play back favorite songs or segments later.
Download at iTunes
Price: Free
One of the first and still one of the best, by now millions of people have used Pandora. Many other apps now offer something similar, but Pandora first came to prominence thanks to its build-your-own-radio-station functionality. To do that, start with a song or artist you like. Then, give a thumbs up or down to each song--songs that Pandora believes you'll like, based on its data and user responses--and you'll constantly fine-tune your ultimate mix. Pandora works on computers and iOS devices, so you can hear your stations almost anywhere (and, if you pay $4/month, you can skip the ads).
Download at iTunes
Price: Free
This leading radio app offers a combination of over 150 pre-programmed radio stations and the ability to create custom stations of your own. While Slacker is built around streaming audio over the Internet, it also allows you to play songs or your favorite stations even when you're not connected to the web (assuming you've got a paid subscription). Unlike some competitors, Slacker doesn't have apply monthly listening limits to its basic, free accounts.
Download at iTunes
Stitcher Mobile Radio
Price: Free
Love podcasts and talk radio? With Stitcher, you can transform them into your own custom radio station. Search for podcasts or stream live radio, and "stitch" them together into a single broadcast-style station--without needed to find and download new episodes. With its 15,000-plus show library, this app can help you catch up on your favorites or discover new shows to love.
Download at iTunes
Price: Free or $4.99
TuneIn combines live radio streaming and podcasts for a comprehensive audio app. Choose from over 70,000 live radio stations or 2 million podcasts or concerts by genre, location, popularity, or language, then save your favorites for easy repeat listening. Sign up for an account and you can take all of your settings and favorites with you between the desktop and iOS versions.
Download at iTunes

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3. Voting runs from Feb. 19 through 11:59 pm ET March 19, 2013. (The voting in any or all award categories may be audited for voting irregularities, so winners are not final until the official announcement.)


Winners will be announced March 27. There's no prize -- just the bragging rights that come with getting recognized by the readers of one of the biggest networks on the web.

Check back with iPhone/iPod at About.com on March 27 to see if your favorite iPhone/iPod accessory or app was nominated and to vote on the finalists. You can also visit our central awards page to learn about finalists in other categories.

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