Best live streaming radio apps for your iPhone and Android

Best live streaming radio apps for your iPhone and Android
In this eyeball-centric times, listening to live radio is not only a breath of fresh air, but it also lets you follow your favorite local stations on the road wherever you are in the country (or the world), thanks to a little thing called livestreaming over the Internets. Have your iPhone or Android with you? Of course you do, at all times.

How about installing a radio live stream aggregator in the form of an app, and start beaming your favorite music or program to your car stereo while keeping your eyes on the road, and hands on the wheel. Sounds like a great way to keep in touch with local news from back home, but that's not all there is to it. 

The best live radio streaming apps offer audio versions of TV programs for instance, or news outlets streaming exclusively on them 24/7 so anyone with a data connection who needs their eyes occupied with other things can keep in sync with what's happening. Here are some of the best live radio streamers for your Android or iPhone, to help you rediscover the beauty of sensory simplicity once again.

TuneIn Radio

Download: Android | iOS

TuneIn Radio is an Editor's Pick by no chance, as it offers a perplexing variety of local radio stations to choose from, encoded in a stream-suitable format that doesn't lag when beamed over. On top of that, it has obscure channels like audio documentaries, audiobooks, or web-exclusive news streamers that are guaranteed to keep you informed and entertained on the road, no matter your preferences, not to mention the famed TuneIn jam sessions.



iHeartRadio

Download: Android | iOS

The iHeartRadio app has been around for a while, getting better with time, and its main focus are the 20+ million tunes in its catalog that you can mix and match as live radio stations, in addition to established local stations with music, news, podcasts, sports, and even comedy shows.



Rad.io

Download: Android | iOS

With 30,000 stations and live podcasts to choose from, there's barely a country or even a small city that is not covered by Rad.io's app, and the selection keeps growing. Wake up to your favorite stations, keep a tag on your listening history for faster search, and discover new great programs while taking that long cross-country trip.

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10 Comments

1. Xperia14

Posts: 1194; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Or better: buy a Xperia, HTC or LG phone. They have a real FM-radio.

2. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

plus, no data usage...

8. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

I have a fm radio in my phone, but I still use steaming apps. Don't need to have headphones plugged in, or be in trasmission range of broadcast. I also listen to stations in different geographic locations.

9. TechNeck

Posts: 623; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Just switch to T-Mo. Free Internet radio streaming

3. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

DI.fm for the best electronic music.

4. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Who uses F.M at this generation No bashing required please :)

5. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

I don't know, like the REST OF THE WORLD who physically can't live off streaming and internet like the US?

6. xq10xa

Posts: 799; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Stitcher is good for podcasts. PodcastOne is OK too.

7. Univice

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

It would be nice to know more about other features of the apps as well. For instance, I currently have the TuneIn app on my phone and see that it is always registering in the running apps even if I have not initiated it. Also, do any of these apps give song information (ie: artist, album, song title), and show album cover photos? I thought TuneIn was doing that a while back but now it does not seem to - at least for the station where I had seen it before.

10. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I have an app called "mytuner radio" and it is doing great for me.

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