TuneIn Radio: The Best Radio Experience On Android?

“Radio” to the majority of us seems like an old technology. Nowadays most people only listen to the FM radio occasionally in the car to drain away the mindless hours. And for the younger generation, it is only ever listened to as a last resource after TV, music players and countless other entertainment options.

Admittedly, I don’t listen to the radio as much as I should. Radio shows have a lot to offer, and some of them have really enticed and intrigued me in the past, making me wonder about the world and society as we know them. That’s why I looked for a encouragement to use it more. So I decided to get Nexus 7 to help me and fortunately, I came across TuneIn Radio, a brilliant Android radio app!


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What Is TuneIn Radio?

In a nutshell, TuneIn Radio is the biggest radio catalogue in the world. With over 70,000 channels from everywhere around the globe you’re definitely going to find a channel for you. Personally, when I first downloaded this app, I was astounded by the amount of stations. After one week my favourites were full up to around twenty different channels and I could listen to everything I wanted with one single tap – a purely thrilling experience.

TuneIn interface when listening to your stations

Using TuneIn Radio

After installing the tiny 3.02MB file, you need to make a TuneIn account, or you can log in using Facebook or Twitter, giving you the ability to share the stations you’re listening to.

The hub for searching

The first page you open will be your hub for finding your desired station. From here you have a range of different options including: Local Radio, Music, News, Sport and Talk. Navigating around all of these is a simple task to achieve. For example, selecting Talk takes me to another massive list of options ranging from general ideas, all the way to radio concerning the US Election. Tapping again on “US Election” brings me to a complete list of everything on radio around this topic. There is also a list of the top stations from all over the world.

Once you select your specific channel, the radio starts playing and that’s really it. However, there are a few extra features which can be accessed by scrolling left and right from the “Playing” page. For example, you can see the Recent stations, a list of channels you’ve just listened to, that makes it easy to hop between them.

Related stations

Another option is the ability to share to Twitter – my favourite part of the application. From this screen you can join the conversation with other listeners and read everyone else’s recent tweets. Using Twitter every single day has made me embrace social media and being able to use it to communicate with and about my favourite channels is brilliant! I can interact with the DJs and other listeners, and enjoy a great community element

Joining in with the conversation on Twitter

Car Mode

One great addition worth mentioning about TuneIn is the switch to Car Mode. By selecting the down tab at the top and picking car mode you are taken to a completely different interface. As the name suggests, this mode is meant to be used while driving, with your device propped in some kind of car holder. The most significant difference is the buttons which are far bigger making them much easier to use while driving.

The car mode interface

Basically, this page consists of six different buttons. The top big button displays the name of the station and an option to stop it. The four buttons below are used to pick your desired channel. These include: Favourites, a Voice Search, Recents, and your Recommended stations. The final button is just to exit the mode. This button is small and thin near the bottom of the page to avoid the hassle of exiting accidentally.

Some Desirable Extra Features

Something I didn’t mention above was the added options on every single channel. From here you can report a problem, contact a developer and see a complete schedule for the next 24 hours. You also get the option to choose between different stream qualities, with several kbps settings for a lower bandwidth usage, or a better quality.

The options page for each station

My favorite TuneIn option however is the ability to set alarms: it can wake me up at a specific time and start playing my breakfast show. I use this every single day to wake me up at 06:30 with my shows – a great start to any working day! The reason I find this so amazing is that the majority of radio apps depend on a separate app to start the alarm. This is simple, effective and easy.

Conclusion

Where else can you listen to any channels from all over the world on demand? Really, I can’t think of any other app that offers the range of channels, quality of design and options of TuneIn Radio. For any radio listener this app is a must and for those of us who aren’t using it already, you’re definitely missing out!


Summary

Providing one of the best radio experiences on an Android device, TuneIn Radio is definitely the way forward for any avid listener

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  • Will Perkins

    And, you didn’t even mention that it has a companion website (www.tunein.com) that let’s you have the same radio on your PC – and sync your favorite radio stations between PC and Phone. Truly an awesome program!

    • http://www.ritaelkhoury.com/ Rita El Khoury

      Thanks for mentioning that. It really is one of the best radio applications out there.

  • Steven

    I can tell by the (white) logo that you have the free version

    this app has been around for awhile

    in the paid version, can record .. and can even schedule recordings ;)

    • http://www.ritaelkhoury.com/ Rita El Khoury

      Ah that makes it even better! Thanks for mentioning that.

  • Xiro

    This is pre-installed on most superphones.

  • Smart

    TuneIn radio works great on my Galaxsy S2. Awesome app.! I frequent the radio pranks for hours of uninterrupted laughter.

  • Coyote

    I’ve been using tunein for months now, one of the first apps I got when I finally got a smartphone. But I’ve got one problem, it tends to start itself at random times. in fact 90% of the time I unlock my phone tunein is sitting there.

  • Jack

    I agree with you all. TuneIn radio is great, and probably my most used app! :) I’ve been using the TuneIn radio app for about 2 yrs now, and I’m still using the old v2.3 (black icon)
    free version–with the ‘Record’ and ‘You may also like’ features–from back before it became the TuneIn Pro version, back when they diminished the features on the free version (and turned the free version icon to white). Which seems to be the typical game with apps.

    I haven’t ever experienced what Coyotes’ experienced. My biggest gripe is with the college IMG Sports Network, and how they block most college sports from streaming live (or even delayed) across the entire country :( So in our case, having moved out-of-state and away from Seattle….we can no longer listen to our Washington Huskies football & basketball broadcasts :(
    TuneIn Radios’ semi-popular (i-competitor) is even worse. :rolleyes:

  • T-Diddy

    Great app, huge battery drainer though. I have a Samsung galaxy 3 and even there it has problems keeping up. I keep my phone plugged in at work, as I listen to TuneIn, but it charges soooo slow. Granted, I charge it thru my USB, which is generally slower then charger thru a plug in the wall. But still, when not plugged in, your battery dies real quick. Great app though otherwise.

  • Paul Weatherby

    Something always seems good until you find better. That’s just how I felt when I came across TuneIn. Offering multiple subcategories with every music genre, along with talk radio and news, the choice selection with TuneIn is off the richter scale.

    Although, they could have come up with a better name.

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