It is a proof of resilience the fact that Radio has not disappeared completely. Television and the Internet offered richer environments to enjoy music and talk shows. It is probably the merit of the car what kept commercial radio thriving. Whatever the case, we now see that most of radio stations have also expanded to the digital platform. Although bit rate was for some time more expensive than free radio waves, we can now just as same be listening to the a broadcast on our kitchen radios or our tablets.
Easier than tuning
TuneIn Radio is an aggregator for online radio stations but instead of being a boring list with a search box, it features a really good system of exploring and selecting the type of content that you want.
When you begin browsing you can select from a bunch of categories (although you can always just search). Local Radio, News, Sports, Talk and Trending among others are directing you to specific lists of genres, categories or topics. Also in the browse list there's an audiobook entry that gathers free domain license audiobooks from the Internet. What's more there are also podcasts, but not as many as you'd find on iTunes.
While listening to a radio station you can browse through related stations, check stations that you've listened to previously and view a list of stations you are personally following.
A cool aspect of digital broadcasting is that the spectator has the ability to pause the content and resume it later. TuneIn Radio can do that with any radio station. Also, being connected with Facebook or Google+ will grant you the ability to comment on a live chat that is associated with the station you?re listening to. You may discuss and share opinions on what's playing live with listeners across the world.
Once you've browsed and listened for a while, the Home screen becomes more interesting. There you are presented with recommended stations in different categories. There are also recommended songs that are currently playing!
As for settings, you get to set the buffer size and preferred stream quality as well as set-up to start in car mode (simpler, bigger buttons).
- Radio station browsing by categories
- Live chat
- Pause & resume
- Album art
- It is wonderful and easy to navigate
- You're not alone. Live chat on any station
- Car mode is a bit underdeveloped
TuneIn Radio is a very pleasant surprise. It is stable and has a good interface. It is a good platform for listening you're favorite radio stations and also for exploring genres and shows from other countries.