TuneIn Radio Review

By Jonathan Spira on 3 March 2011
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One of my favorite apps for listening to music is Tune-In Radio.  While the company’s apps for smartphones and home entertainment devices such as GoogleTV are pretty cool, it’s the iPad app that really caught my attention.

TuneIn Radio turns your device into a portable radio capable of picking any one of the tens of thousands of Internet radio stations out there, from Radio Swiss Classic LINK to Gong 96 to NPR to the BBC.

With the iPad app, the world is your oyster.  Simply click on a city on the map, be it Maastricht or Munich, and you’ll see a list of local stations you can listen to.  You can use multi-touch gestures such as pinch to zoom in and out on the map and drag the map from left to right to view different parts of the world.

TuneIn Radio allows you to record any station for subsequent playback and includes an alarm function and sleep timer.   In addition to using the map to find local station, you can search by genre, keyword, or location, as well as search for individual shows by title.  Once you find the station you want to listen to, the app allows you to pause live streams for up to 30 minutes.  You can also bookmark your favorite stations or shows.

If your favorite radio station isn’t listed, as unlikely as that may be, you can enter that station’s URL directly.

TuneIn Radio works over Wi-Fi and 3G connections and is available from the Apple App Store.

$1.99   www.tunein.com

–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.

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