There are so many alternatives to the conventional way of listening to the radio that it has gradually become an afterthought for many – especially for the always-up-to-date digital natives of generation Y and Z who have gotten used to on-demand services. Perhaps you tune in to a morning show of your choice while being stuck in traffic on your way to work, but it’s much more likely that you’ll opt for a more personalizable digital alternative provided by a relevant Android application. Despite all that, listening to the radio will never go out of style: talk shows lessen the monotony and loneliness of long drives, podcasts deliver great conversations on your favorite topics, while curated genre stations get you acquainted with new artists and songs to further expand the soundtrack to your life. The radio apps we’re about to introduce are guaranteed to provide the always-coveted variety as it pertains to radio show types and music genres, and thus guarantee an all-around quality listening experience.
Google Play Music
Google Play Music is the most convenient and without an iota of doubt the most popular radio app, boasting more than 1,000,000,000 (that’s 1 billion for those of you scoring at home) installs. It is not a radio app in the conventional way, as it specializes in curated genre stations, on-demand listening, and smart recommendations based on your listening history. Talking of on-demand listening: for a subscription fee of $9.99 per month, over 35 million songs will be at your service, ready to be played and downloaded to ensure offline listening. Google Play Music subscription also gets you a YouTube Red membership, and ad-free, uninterrupted listening.
iHeart Radio is a personalization heaven and wholly free-of-charge. It boasts the most-listened-to AM and FM stations from major US cities such as New York or Los Angeles, hosts an assortment of podcasts covering a wide range of topics, live talk shows, news shows, music countdowns, and local radio stations broadcasting live sports events. With the “My Favorites Radio” feature, you can put together your very own and easily sharable radio station with your favorite songs and performers, while the “Perfect For” feature allows you to search for music fine-tuned for everyday activities. There’s nothing better than vacuuming to gangster rap!
TuneIn Radio – Radio & Music
TuneIn brings you more than 100,000 radio stations from all over the globe, including news, music, sports, and talk radio. TuneIn’s free version lets you stream all radio stations live and in high quality and allows you to tune on-demand to your favorite podcasts and to the live coverage of concerts and sporting events. TuneIn’s premium option, available for $9.99 per month, gets you season-long live play-by-play action from MLB, NLF, and BPL games, a library of over 40,000 audiobooks, and gives you access to more than 600 commercial-free music stations.
Powered by the Music Genome Project®, said to be the most comprehensive music analysis ever undertaken, Pandora Radio brings you an unprecedented personalized radio experience: as time progresses, the app completely adjusts to your taste, and only plays songs that you are bound to like. You can create personalized stations based on songs, artists, genres, and even comedians, and also browse hundreds of curated stations to find the music that is the best companion for your current mood or activity. With Pandora Radio’s subscription plan – Pandora Plus, $4.99 per month -, you’ll get ad-free listening, limitless skip and replay, and the option to tune in offline.