Friday, October 29, 2010

TuneIn Radio

Platform: Android

5 out of 5


Listen to your favorite radio stations and podcasts streamed to your phone when you’re on the go.

Using the app for 2-3 hours at a stretch may tax your battery. (Hey, we own DROIDs. Keep your power cord plugged in for marathon usage sessions, people!) Contains ads.

This “radio in your pocket” app makes it easy to find and listen to thousands of radio stations scattered around the globe. (A must for world travelers, sports nuts, and even students learning world languages.) Plus, the pause/rewind DVR-like listening features add to the overall experience.

Read all of my past Android app reviews at Appolicious and Yahoo! Tech -- click here.

My wife and I are unabashed (long suffering?) Chicago Bears fans. We do our best to never miss an ugly win, or loss, by “Da Bears.”

That’s why when a game is blacked out or we’re otherwise on-the-go during those magical football hours, we turn to our trusty DROID and the TuneIn Radio app to listen to the games, broadcast by stations like WBBM, WCFF, and KBOB.

The interface makes it easy to find stations by numerous methods – call letters, content type, local/location, by language, etc.

With more than 40,000 stations broadcasting sports, talk, news, and music programming, you’re sure to find a source of interest. Thankfully, the sheer number of available content sources is tamed by the app’s clean, clear navigation and sorting buttons, so you’ll never feel overwhelmed.

Plus, the Podcast channel is your link to hundreds of Internet-sourced content that’s presented by the types of music each ‘cast offers.

And once you start listening, the DVR-like controls to pause and rewind the stream comes in handy. Especially when my wife wants to hear the commentator recount yet another Peppers sack, Urlacher stop, or Hester returning a kick off for a touchdown. Go Bears!

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