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If you’re like me and live in a foreign country where some decent UK sounds are sorely missed, or British comedy shows and intellectual debates are in short supply as the BBC and others are restricted by - “contractual obligations” – then there are a few free and paid for radio apps that will come in handy.
iHeart You Price: Free It’s latest version 4.2.0 has added 45 new Univision stations that include Spanish language DJ’s, with more sports, talk formats and music genres. IHeart radio is essentially a U.S radio app featuring now over 800 stations in 150+ cities, but seeing as iTunes largest consumer geographic base is the U.S it would be wrong to not include this. Couple of niggling bugs. Unless you’re a Facebook member which seems a mandatory requirement these days – not sure why – then you can’t save your favorite tracks, and when you dousers report it’s not always successful. There’s also no sleep mode however it does get an overall thumbs up with latest version averaging 3.5 from 850 ratings.
Intersect World LLC Price: $0.99 With 45’000 stations across the globe you get to set your favorites while searching in directory or genre to accompany your mood. Good for sports across the planet, so if you’re a fan of cricket or European football, then this is probably the comprehensive global sport app. The current version update gets 3.5 from 60 ratings.
Tunnel radio Pro Price: $0.99 This is easily up there with Intersect and for just under a dollar with over 60’000 global and local stations, from news to current events to sports and tunes, this for the time being appears to be the most highly rated radio app from iTunes. You get to set timed recordings of your favorite talk show and pause and playback live streams within a 30 minute window. There’s an alarm built in and a sleep timer so you don’t have to get up and switch it off. With a ton of more features, previous users will be pleased to know that the recent upgrade seems to have fixed some of the past bugs. It gets 4.5/5 from 1800+ current version ratings – not bad!
Pandora Radio Price: Free Strictly for the music lover and not for the sports or quiz show, documentary enthusiast, simply start with your favorite band or track and it should be there! In fact Pandora gets 4 stars from 9000 plus ratings and is extremely popular in the West. It does come as a paid monthly subscription but for that you’re removing the adds, you get a higher quality audio and with less interruptions. Some feedback suggests that it skips and plays random songs while others disagree and label it the holy grail of radio apps. Other users suggest a tutorial in some format would be handy as it’s a tad tricky to set up.
Stitcher Radio Price: Free If you travel overseas a lot and want to record and listen to your favorite podcasts then Stitcher is for you. It’s free and it’s superb for live news and current affair channels and documentary style reports. It gets excellent feedback where you can share shows and debates with friends, create custom stations, get the breaking news and with its recent upgrade if you’re a U.S citizen it’s synced up to the Presidential election, whereby you can choose which candidate you want to follow and get the most recent reports coming in from their camp. Jump from individual shows to your favorite stations to the latest trending topics. This is much more a news and current affairs app than just a music radio iPhone app.