September 18, 2009, 9:02 AM — No matter how much storage space is available on your iPhone, it’s probably not enough to store every possible song you might ever want to hear. Rather than switch to another iPhone with more storage capacity, you can download and install free apps on your iPhone that let the iPhone act like a radio, which means you can listen to a lot more music and other audio.
Although these apps won't let you access all your local radio stations on your iPhone, as a real radio would, they will let your iPhone access streaming audio broadcasts over the Internet, essentially giving you free music or information from around the world. The only costs you incur are any Wi-Fi Internet and cellular telephone network connection fees. (Unfortunately, if you cannot connect to your cellular telephone company’s network or a Wi-Fi connection, you can’t listen to streaming audio.)
Finding radio applications in the App Store
Your iPhone can't play streaming audio from radio stations until you download and install special radio apps from the App Store. Some of these apps cost money, but many are free, including:
AOL Radio Offers more than 200 radio stations, covering a wide variety of categories including comedy, classical, blues, rock, jazz, sports, pop, and talk radio
Pandora Radio Allows you to enter a song or artist, then automatically plays music similar in style to your selection
Stitcher Radio Lets you put together (stitch) your own radio channel from different stations offering news and talk radio content
Listening to AOL Radio
AOL Radio organizes its available stations into categories such as Blues, Country, and Oldies. Not only does AOL Radio offer access to established stations all over the world, but it offers access to many popular Internet-only stations. After installing AOL Radio on your iPhone, you can listen to a radio station by doing this:
1. From the Home screen, tap AOL Radio. The AOL Radio Stations screen appears, displaying various options.
2. Tap a genre category, such as Rock or Metal. A list of available stations appears.
3. (Optional) Tap Favorites at the bottom of the screen to view all stations you've identified as favorites. Tap Recents to see the last stations you listened to. Tap Locals to listen to local radio stations that are broadcasting over the Internet.