Top 10 Free Internet Radio Applications for iPhone and Android
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Internet Radio is also known as Online Radio and Streaming Radio. A traditional radio doesn’t need an internet connection to play music and other broadcasts, but Internet Radio can’t be used without an internet connectivity. Many smartphones come with preinstalled FM Radio that let you play local broadcasts only. However, Internet Radio allows streaming music, shows, news, and almost all type of content from thousands of international online radio channels. Today, I will tell you some of the best Internet Radio Apps that you can download and use for free.
Note : Some of the Internet Radio apps don’t work in all region. If you face such issue, use a Free VPN App, and select United States as your virtual location. Disconnecting VPN should not create a problem after you have access to the app.
Best Free Internet Radio Apps for Android and iPhone
1. TuneIn Radio – Radio & Music
TuneIn is one of the oldest Internet Radio application that has been serving users since 2002. It used to be a completely free application, but now users have the option to use as a free app or subscribe to the premium service. Let’s have a look at the features of TuneIn application.
- Stream over 100,000 radio stations worldwide.
- You can stream FM/AM stations, including BBC, ESPN, CNN, NPR, WFAN, CBS etc..
- Favorite radio stations that you love. Favorited stations can be accessed easily.
- Use the search option to browse your radio stations quickly.
- Stream using a radio station URL.
These features need Premium Subscription
- Get Live Coverage of NFL, MLB and NHL Game.
- Get access to over 40,000 audio books.
- 600 commercial-free radio stations are exclusively available for premium users only.
- Enjoy Ad-free TuneIn application
All new users can get 7 days or 30 days free trial. 7 days trial is given to those users who choose a monthly subscription option. After a week of free trial, you will be charged $9.99. 30 days free trial is available for yearly subscribers only. After a month of trial, you will be charged $69.99. Please note that you must have your payment detail up-to-date on Google Play or App Store to get the free trial. Trial/Subscription will renew automatically unless you choose to cancel manually.
2. Pandora Radio
Pandora Radio, a music streaming service provider that was founded in 2000 now has over 81-million active users. Pandora comes with free as well as paid subscription. Pandora Plus Premium subscription costs $4.99 each month that let users play ad-free music with unlimited access, and you are also allowed to save music for offline play. A Pandora user can browse from hundreds of hand-crafted music stations or create own custom stations. They even have radio stations/playlists based on Moods and Activities, like Workout Music, Party Music, or even the music that you would love to listen while driving, dinner etc..
3. Slacker Radio
If you love listening to music, Slacker Radio is not a new name that you may have heard for the first time. Slacker has been providing music streaming service since 2007. Along with music Slacker also allows streaming news and talk shows. Let’s know what you can do with Slacker Radio.
- Browse/Search Artist, Album etc. and start listening to your favorite music.
- Save your favorite stations and songs to access them quickly.
- Browse music by Genres and Play from hundreds of preadded stations.
- Listen to News and Talk Shows.
- Enjoy originally hosted music shows every week.
- Download Music for offline play (Premium).
- Create your custom playlists and share them.
Please note that Slacker app is free to download and play music, but you get some limited features. Slacker’s Radio Plus costs $3.99 each month that unlocks all the premium features; Unlimited Skips, Ad-Free Music, and Offline Music Play.
4. Jango Radio
Jango Radio is an awesome radio application for those who love listening to music. There are over 100 curated radio stations that you can play. The best feature of the app is “Create Station.” When you tap on Create Station option, you get the search option where you can type an Artist Name, and create a station. Once created, it will start playing all similar songs (not the songs from the same artist). However, the collection of their music library is awesome, and you would love them for sure. Explore option allows playing music based on Genres that also includes Gospel & Christian category. All the created stations are added under My Stations option for quick access to those songs you love the most. By default, it includes Today’s top 100 station that keeps changing top 100 sequence and new music.
5. iHeartRadio Free Music & Radio
iHeartRadio was launched in 2008, and many of us have already been using this application for a long time. It used to be a radio only application, but now they also work as music recommended and streaming app. Whether you want to listen to music, podcasts, shows or news, iHeartRadio has everything for you. The app is one of the most popular music streaming app with over 50-million downloads and 4.7 average rating in the Google PlayStore. You can also visit its website to play music online. A quick overview of its features.
- Listen to many live AM/FM radio stations and podcasts.
- Keep yourself updated with the sports and news radio stations.
- There is music for every genre, so you can enjoy the beat you love.
- Create your own commercial-free radio stations based on top artists.
- The app also comes with built-in screencast feature to allow you to play radio on TV.
- iHeartRadio doesn’t cost anything, and there isn’t any subscription option so far.
6. XiiaLive – Internet Radio
This app from Visual Blasters LLC is certainly a cool internet radio app that let you stream music for free. There are over 50,000 radio stations that any user can explore. The app doesn’t come with any subscription option, but you can upgrade to Pro paying a one-time fee of $3.99. The pro version will remove ads, and will unlock all the features. Here are the features of XiiaLive application;
- Stream over 50,000 Radio Stations Worldwide.
- Browse Music by Genre or, use the search option to browse your favorite songs, artists, or shows.
- Save music or radio stations as favorite to access them quickly.
- Use History option to see the list of radio stations/songs you recently played.
- Add any radio station URL manually to play with the app. This option is located under Favorites section.
7. Radio online – PCRADIO
Radio Online app is available for Android as well as iOS devices. According to Google Play data, this radio application has been downloaded by over 10-million users, and over 600K users reviewed it leaving average rating 4.7. The app includes hundreds of radio stations in all genre, e.g. Sports, Music, News, Talks, Religious Stations, AudioBooks, Anime or Gaming Music, Discographies etc.. The app can be downloaded and used without any cost, but the free version comes with some limitation. A premium user can use Recorder and Timer feature, and can also control audio quality. Free users are limited to medium audio quality, they can’t select low/high quality audio option. Low-quality audio option can save lots of data if you are on a limited plan, but it makes the sound quality bad. If you want to boost sound quality, you must pay a one-time fee of $1.99.
8. Apple Music
Apple Music is one of the most popular music streaming service providers. It comes with 3 months free trial option for new subscribers, and then $9.99 monthly subscription fee will apply. However, iPhone users can listen to Beats 1 Radio Station for free. Beats 1 is a 24X7 radio station that lets you listen to music, live shows hosted by DJs and Music Artists. However, Android users can’t play anything on Apple music without a subscription. iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch users doesn’t need to download any application because it has been made available via Stock Music app.
9. Simple Radio by Streema
Simple Radio is another app with over 30,000 radio stations. There are sports radio stations, news radio, music, comedy shows, talk, and almost everything you may seek in an internet radio application. You can even listen to BBC Radio, NPR Radio, ESPN etc.. When you launch the app, you will see just a few stations, and rest of the stations can be found using the search option. There is also a dedicated “Jukebox” option for music lovers where you can browse radio stations based on genres. Downloading the app and listening to music costs you nothing, but if you want to remove ads and unlock sleep timer feature, you must pay $3.99 to upgrade to premium version.
10. Radio FM
Radio FM could be the best application for those looking for radio channels sorted by Countries. It shows the list of countries, and the number of Radio Channels broadcasted from each country. There are also search fields to browse Country and Radio Channel. All the favorited channels are saved under the favorite tab and recently played stations can be located under the recent tab. Radio FM doesn’t provide any subscription or in-app purchase so far, so you get all the features for free.