There are all kinds of situations in which we turn to the radio to help us pass time, enjoy the day, maybe help us through a workout, get through the morning commute, and more. However, just because you’re in the mood for a little music on the radio doesn’t always mean you’re near the actual radio. This is exactly what apps that stream radio have become so popular as it gives you that flexibility to enjoy exactly what you’re looking for on your mobile device anytime. As well, these streaming radio apps typically include added features and tools that you just won’t have access to if you’re listening to the traditional form of the radio.
The best streaming radio apps for iPhone and iPad
21 Apr 2016, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
If you love music, then the iHeartRadio app is the app for you without any doubt. As soon as you open the app you'll be able to check out music from all around the world, which really opens the doors from what you may typically listen to. It's completely free to use and features live streaming radio stations from within the country and outside of the United States. You'll be able to access both AM and FM stations, so the sky is the limit here. The app also gives you the ability to personalize it so you can put together your own "station" filled with all your favorite music and artists.
- The app is free to use
- Live stream radio stations in the United States and around the world
- Build your own personalized radio station
- The app is user-friendly
If you're looking for a place to find free music that you can stream right to your device, then look no further than the Pandora app. The experience is whatever you want to make here as you can search by composer, artist, genre, or song. Unlike when you're listening to the traditional radio, you won't be stuck having to listen to songs you don't enjoy. Another big draw with this app is the fact you can create your own personalized stations, up to 100 of them to be exact. And that is all included for free when you create an account with Pandora.
- Create up to 100 personalized radio stations of your own
- The app is free to use
- There are no ads
- Enjoy current and old music
For those who appreciate all different genres of music there is the Radio Paradise 3.0 app. This one isn't just a wacky selection of stations, instead every single station has been picked and then mixed by two people so you're getting high quality. The "mixing" is what makes this app so unique and cool. When you play the music you'll be able to enjoy a photo slideshow that is meant to match the song. You’ll be completely intrigued with the images on the screen that blend so perfectly with the tunes. The app goes through a wide variety of genres and at any time you can use the PSD (play something different) feature to skip ahead to something else.
- All genres of music are represented in the app
- You can use the play something different feature for songs you don’t like
- The app matches up a photo slideshow with the music for a unique offering
The Jazz Radio+ app is an absolute gem for all the jazz lovers out there, for which there are many. This is the perfect way to instantly connect to instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, bossa and bebop, speciality jazz, and more. You won’t have to worry about shuffling through the few stations on your radio only to find yourself disappointed at the selection because with this app you’ll have more stations than you’ll know what to do with. At last count there was over 85 of them. Because this app supports background play you can go ahead and pick a station and then use your device for other things.
- There are more than 85 different streaming jazz stations to choose from
- The app supports background play
- The app is user-friendly and sleek
- Great for jazz lovers or those looking to get into jazz
While it isn't hard to find apps that stream music, it can be a bit tricky to find those that also offer podcasts, news, talk, sports broadcasts, and audiobooks. Well you can call off the search and download the TuneIn Radio app that manages to stream everything. There are literally more than 100,000 radio stations available through the app, so you will never be at a loss to find something you enjoy. There are more than 40,000 audiobooks, more than 600 stations playing music without ads, and you can listen to BPL, NFL, and MLB live action. Use this one on all your devices including your Apple Watch so that you're always connected.
- Stream music, podcasts, live sports games, and more
- The radio stations are commercial free
- The app supports the Apple Watch
- Great for those who enjoy audiobooks with over 40,000 to choose from
One of the most frustrating things about listening to the radio in its traditional form is that the commercials are totally out of control. Sometimes it feels like a commercial follows each and every song. Well you can break free of this problem by downloading the Dash Radio app that offers streaming live music that is completely commercial free. The app offers more than 60 stations, which are located around the world so you get a real mix of music. As you come across stations you enjoy, be sure to mark them as a favorite so you can find them again easily. Let's also point out the sound quality is excellent.
- There are more than 60 stations that stream live from around the world
- The entire experience is commercial free
- Set your favorite stations
- Use Bluetooth to stream in your car
If you're looking for a way to enjoy all the top talk radio shows in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, and other countries in South East Asia then the OIDAR app is your best bet. And it's not just audio that you'll be able to stream, the app also makes it possible to stream video. The content is straight from actual news and radio stations in South East Asia, so you know you'll be able to stay on top of all the latest happenings even if you are half a world away. You can even download content if you prefer. Making your way through the different stations is as easy as swiping the screen.
- Stream audio and video from South East Asia
- The content is from real news and radio stations
- The app is user-friendly and smooth
- Download content if you prefer
If you can't get enough of music from around the world, sports coverage, and top world news then you've got to check out the myTuner Radio app. Here you can choose from more than 30,000 radio stations, which is exactly why this app has more than 10 million people who have downloaded it. Go ahead and personalize the experience by creating a list of favorite stations, access more than one million free podcasts, conduct searches, and share what you're listening to via social media. This app supports the Apple Watch, Air-Play, and background play making it all the more attractive.
- There are more than 30,000 radio stations from around the world
- The app supports Air-Play, the Apple Watch, and background play
- Put together your own list of favorite stations
- Over 10 million people have downloaded this app
- Large selection of podcasts
It isn't every day you find the words "no commercials" and "free to use" when describing an app but that's exactly the case with the Redio app. This one gives users access to more than 50,000 radio stations that are streaming live from all different countries in the world. You can customize the look of the screen while you listen to the music, listen to previews, check out the song's album cover, set up your own favorites list, and make note of the songs you really like by just tapping on them. This app is just as much a visual experience as it is an audio experience.
- The app offers free live streaming without commercials
- This is an audio and visual experience
- The app is loaded with cool and fun features
- Make notes about the songs by tapping on them