- Pause and rewind live radio
- Thousands of stations
- Identifies local radio stations
- Some stations don't load (rarely)
TuneIn Radio (Free) takes its radio app to the next level by adding the ability to pause and rewind live radio. It is certainly a nifty feature, but how does this free music app stack up against the competition?
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Find local radio stations
Like the iheartradio app, TuneIn Radio uses your current location to find local radio stations. However, TuneIn Radio does a better job of identifying my local radio stations, while iheartradio displayed stations in the nearest big city.
In addition to local radio stations, TuneIn Radio compiles more than 40,000 radio stations around the country. You can browse by genre or location, and the TuneIn Radio app includes plenty of talk radio, news, sports and weather stations in addition to music.
I have no complaints about the interface. The current song is displayed underneath each radio listing, so you know what’s playing before you launch the station. Song names and artists are also displayed (along with album cover art) on the station detail pages. You can add favorite stations to your preset list, and the app includes a link to buy any song at iTunes.
Pause and rewind live radio
However, the biggest benefit of the TuneIn Radio app is the ability to pause and rewind live radio. This is the only radio app that has this feature (at least among the apps I’ve tested; the iPod nano's FM radio app offers this feature), and it is a huge plus. You can pause your station to take a phone call or even rewind to replay one of your favorite songs. Now if only you could fast-forward through the commercials!
I did receive an error message when trying to load one station, although I never encountered the problem again during my testing. I probably listened to at least 60 or 70 stations, so one error doesn’t seem like a dealbreaker to me.
The developer also offers TuneIn Radio Pro (US$0.99), which has a very cool feature: the ability to record live radio. The paid app also removes the banner advertisements.
The Bottom Line
TuneIn Radio is a great choice for anyone who likes to listen to live radio. The app really sets itself apart with its ability to pause and rewind radio stations, and I love that it is so easy to determine which song is playing. And since TuneIn Radio is free, you really can't beat the value. Overall rating: 5 stars out of 5.
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