Internet RadioBox also lets you record radio streams to listen to them later. If album art is available, it will display in the player. You can save favorites, and it has a sleep timer, so you can set it to play for, say, a half-hour while you drift off to sleep. It even lets you go to iTunes to buy music, if the identifying information is sufficient. Finally, Internet Radio Box runs natively on the iPhone and iPad, with a very well designed iPad interface.
3. TuneIn Radio is another directory that offers a universal iOS app. TuneIn focuses on real radio stations from all around the world that offer their programs via streaming. And it also offers access to Internet radio stations, some podcasts, and other programs. The service claims to provide more than 70,000 radio stations and 2 million programs. Theres a free ad-supported version, and a $1 Pro version, without ads, which also offers recording features and access to some additional programs, such as ESPN, CBS, and TED Talks. Unlike the other apps Ive mentioned, it uses location services to find local radio stations; tapping Local Radio shows all the stations broadcast in your area.
TuneIn lets you turn off cellular data access if you need to watch your data usage, and it has a simplified Car Mode with just a few big buttons so you can control it without having to look too closely at a small screen. TuneIn also has a good related radio stations feature; swipe to the right when listening to a station and find others that are similar to expand the number of stations you listen to.
All three of the above apps offer background playback, social media sharing (Facebook, Twitter, and email), and AirPlay streaming, so you can play your favorite radio station on your iOS device and listen through an AirPlay device.
No matter what you want to listen tomusic or talkthere are tens of thousands of choices. Which app you choose will depend on whether youre interested in Internet radio stations or FM radio available by stream. But all three of the above apps offer a wide range of sources and good feature sets so you will never want for audio entertainment, at home or on the road.
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