A friend recommended Tunein Radio to me to listen to books and plays being read. I use it in my quest to learn Spanish.
Tunein Radio is based in California and was founded in 2002. It offers over 70,000 live global stations and has a few million podcasts. Tunein suites most phones as a mobile app and streams the radio frequencies for AM, FM, HD, LP, digitals and internet stations.
My view on Tunein Radio
The app is very easy to install and does not even ask for registration details or an email address. I find the front screen very easy to use and I usually start the app and go straight to the languages section and find Spanish. There are further selections for talk radio, sport or pop. Since I'm looking to listen to Spanish I pick talk and generally channel hop around until I find one that is speaking slow enough for me to understand.
Another useful feature is the replay button which I use frequently to go back to listen again to bits I have missed.
If I find a channel that I enjoy it can be added to your favourites so that station is easily found from the front screen in the future.
Radio Tunein has a truly international feel and I enjoy listening to music from Spain, South America and other foreign countries
The only disadvantage is that sometimes the radio station won't stream or stops suddenly. It would also be nice to have alarm and sleep functionality.
Tunein Radio is a free app for smartphones and it is one of the must have basics
TuneIn Pro is one of my favourite apps on the Android platform, so when I treated myself to an iPhone on contract, it was one of the first apps I purchased from the App Store it cost 69p.
You'll need an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running iOS 4 or above, though the stream to AirPlay function requires iOS 4.2 or above.
If you plan on listening to the radio using your mobile internet connection, I recommend selecting a 3G provider and a good data plan, but where possible use wi-fi to save your allowance.
My review is for TuneIn Pro version 2.6.1 released 1 May 2012 and it's published by TuneIn
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF RADIO....
~Near or far, there's a whole world to explore....~
TuneIn Pro basically turns your iOS device into an internet radio and recorder (the free version of misses the recording and timeshifting features as I understand it). I can tune in to radio stations from all over the world. It's worth mentioning that some stations are restricted because the broadcaster has limited availability to certain countries for reasons such as copyright and broadcast license terms, it is for the same reasons why certain events may be blocked out such as sporting events.
On loading the app, there are four buttons located at the bottom of the screen. My Presets, Browse, Recordings and Settings which pretty much speak for themselves. If you've enabled the in app web browser, a fifth button called Web will also be available.
Navigating the 70,000+ radio stations, as described in the description in the App Store, is thankfully a straightforward task thanks to the intuitive interface. On tapping the Browse button I'm given a list of different search options including local radio, recents, recommendations, podcasts and the various different programme types, again these are all self explanatory. If I want to search for a station manually, I can start to enter the name in the search box and as with iTunes, suggestions start appearing as soon as I start typing. A step further is being able to change to a random similar station by shaking your device, to do this you'll need to enable this in the settings menu of the application. The only trouble is one false move of the device changes the station, so I turned this feature off again.
In order for the Local Radio option to function I had to give permission for the app to use my location, and this will change to wherever I am. This list includes both local and national radio stations, that not only broadcast on FM/AM in that area, but also online only stations if the location is included in Tune In's database. Mostly the list is correct, but there are a few questionable entries which are at the opposite end of the UK!!
~Let's Tune In....~
Once I've found a radio station or podcast I want to listen to it's as easy as tapping on the station name. I'm greeted with an array of buttons to access different parts of the app such as a menu to set the alarm, sleep timer, view schedule and change the stream to name a few examples. I can share what I'm listening to via email or on Twitter and Facebook which I've used a few times, and view the station's website. Being the Pro version, there's a set of media controls which enable me to pause, rewind and record what I'm listening to.
The Now Playing screen shows the station logo (or other picture) and programme information. I also like the idea that the name of the song being played comes up underneath the station name, and the album artwork appears when I double tap the screen (if this information is available), as there are often times I like a song but don't know what it's called or who it's by. In addition I can add the song to my presets and buy it in iTunes if I so wish.
I can also access a few options by swiping across the screen such as accessing a list of related radio stations, and a list of stations I've recently listened to.
Audio quality is mostly very good, but I think that's down to the station rather than the app, likewise with buffering. As I mentioned earlier, it's easy to change to a higher or lower quality stream if the station has one.
The alarm and sleep timers are also useful. I particularly like the sleep timer as I am someone who can fall asleep listening to music, so I can get the radio to switch off after an hour or so. The alarm is really helpful for turning the radio on to listen to certain programmes.
This option is only available in TuneIn Pro. This is brilliant for listening to a show later on when it's not convenient to listen as it's being broadcast. I can of course mute the iPhone while it's recording so the sound doesn't disturb anyone.
There are basically two ways to record. One is by hitting the record button as I listen, or I can set the time and duration using the alarm function, which isn't offered by the Android version at the time of publishing this review. There is also thankfully an option to set the maximum duration of a recording in the event I forget to press the stop button.
Playing back the recording is pretty much the same as any other app, and as with the live radio, I can preset songs and buy them in iTunes if I wish to do so.
It's a doddle to preset radio stations to access them easily at a later date. That said the preset management system isn't brilliant and it's easy to end up with an enormous list of stations and it's frustrating should that list disappear - it happened to me on the Android version. The best solution is to set up a TuneIn account at www.tunein.com (it's free) and there you can organise your stations in to folders such as by station type or country, you can also add the account to all of your devices with Tune In installed so it saves time adding presets over and over again and to different devices. It's a good idea as I've done, to set up a General Folder, so new presets created on the phone are added to this folder where they can be moved at a later date, but this again needs a computer to organise them. I would like to see this functionality built into the app.
The app is very easy to use and has an intuitive user interface, and I have thousands of radio stations to listen to from local radio, to anywhere in the world. I really like listening to online networks offering stations of different genres such as Sky FM, 181.fm for example. I would definitely like to see the preset management improved so I can manage my TuneIn account from the app rather than using the computer.
I like the idea of being able to use the app to listen to Podcasts, but certainly for iOS I feel there are better options available such as the new Podcasts app recently released by Apple which enables me to subscribe and download content to listen to offline to preserve the battery.
Overall I think that Tune In Pro is excellent value for money but it isn't without it's flaws, but it is updated regularly so I'm hoping the niggles will be ironed out in due course. That said, I still highly recommend it. I'm awarding Tune In Pro 4 and a half stars (showing as 4 DooYoo stars)
I bought this app about 6 months ago for 69p on the app store. In short, the app turns your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad into a radio. It has FM, AM and DAB radio stations. They say they have over 50,000 radio stations available which is amazing.
~How it works~
This app runs over Wi-Fi or mobile data. I suggest you don't use mobile data unless you have an unlimited Internet plan, because otherwise you may rack up quite a big bill. The app does tell you how much Internet you have used in MegaBytes so you can keep track. It only works if you are connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data, though.
~What it's like~
The quality of the radio is very good. It doesn't take long to buffer; just a few seconds, and it doesnt crackle or go fuzzy at all. Occasionally, it stops for a few seconds to buffer about every 6-8 minutes, but I think that it is due to my relatively slow Internet speed.
It is very easy to navigate round the app. You have the option to search for radio stations, find stations you have preset, or find the most popular stations. When you have the radio station you want, the layout is very similar to when you are listening to music on the device. It has a pause, play, stop, rewind, and fast forward button at the bottom, as well as a slider to change the volume. It also has a record button, but I will get into that later.
When you click on a radio station, you get the option to see what is on for the next couple of days. Sort of like a TV guide but on the radio. A radio guide if you will.
This app is crammed with lots of features. One of the great features is the fact that you can record anything that is on the radio so you can listen to it later if you are currently busy. Also, if you listen to the radio in bed, you can set a 'Sleep Timer' so that it will turn itself off after a set about of time to save the battery on your device. This ranges from 15 minutes, to 2 hours.
As well as this, you can also preset radio stations to make it easier to find them. They go into a folder marked 'My Presets' and this saves you a lot of time instead of having to search for the radio station again all of the time.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this app to anyone who listens to the radio. It is a much cheaper option to buying, say, a DAB radio. However, a DAB radio doesn't need Wi-Fi or mobile network so you can use it anywhere. But then again, if the DAB radio has low signal, then you aren't going to have a very pleasant experience. Anyway... the app only costs 69p and I think it is well worth the money.
@ About @
TuneIn Radio pro is 69p (which is what I have) and the lite one is free but you can't record or add custom presets (insert new stations into the app) the app has a map, which you can use to click on points to get local stations for that area. It also automatically collects nearby stations for you just by connecting to WiFi and switching on location services. The app has an integrated radio recorder but you cannot transfer these files to your computer when you save them within the app.
You can rename your recording and organise them how you like once they have finished recording. Unfortunately you can only record from one station at a time, and you have to leave the app running whilst it records from that audio source. A handy feature though: You can use other apps while the music is running just like you can with YouTube and the ipod app.
@ Stations, Listening, App Quality @
TuneIn radio claims to have over 60 000 worldwide stations built into it and yes that's highly believable. You can pick up even the smallest stations from every corner of the earth. In Iran I can pick up Arabic Talk stations and then go and listen to some Hard Dance music in Norway right after. So far I haven't experienced any crashing problems and the app does get a regular update. Even if the icon changes design every single time...
You can also view what the station details are such as how many KBPS its using, whether it is mono or stereo, and what the station format is. The app will tell you how much data you have used so far just listening to stations - Handy if you are on 3G.
The app is very simple to use and compiles lists of stations you add to your presets as logos. The logo will appear as a radio mast if there is no logo for that station. You can use TuneIn to run an alarm clock but in my experience this is much more complex that just using a regular alarm. You have to enter alarm menu, choose from a range of options and then finally leave it on a suitable volume, and leave your device running the app all night draining the battery.
@ Overall @
This app is very nice and good value. You can always add stations via their listen live link if they don't already have it so its fully customisable and there is a very wide variety of stations available so you rarely have to add one. The app is simple to use and has logos of stations as well as names to make it easier to browse and select a station from the list. Overall a recommended app and at 69p that's superb value for money at the same time.
I actually read some reviews on many websites about Tunein Radio and the biggest reason I wanted this application was because I got fed up of constantly trying to listen to the radio via my headphones and losing connections.
This was the same with random mobile phones I had in the past so this came as a good idea from many different people. You have a radio application which allows you to listen to the radio anywhere.
You start by looking at the price and I paid I believe it was £1.19 but it might have been more because I was rushing around to get this application and it took a short while to download but when it finished I was so proud.
My reasons were because at the time of downloading this application I had a call from a friend on a radio station up north and I could hear him on my own application by finding his radio station.
Imagine you love the radio in a place you used to live or wish to listen to other areas of the country then you can by either searching for radio areas or looking up locations. You have many options given to you and one of the first is finding the local radio you have near you.
You might want to listen to sport or perhaps listen to music stations and you can do that the sound is great and it never seems to cut off so you can listen to the radio and play around on your phone at the same time which is fantastic.
My favourite bit of fun with this application is when I want to listen to radio stations from other countries because I love doing that I look up radio in America and some remote countries and hear there radio and you get some good information and I find enjoyment as well.
Each radio station provides who is on usually and then you have volume controls to listen to the radio at a setting which suits you and you can even record the radio station you are listening to and listen to it later which is good when a particular song is played you enjoy.
The only issue I have had with this application was when I was walking home recently and my phone rang and it seemed to lock the phone up and this was because I had the radio application playing whilst the phone rang. This could be an issue because it might be impossible to listen to the radio and enjoy your time especially if your expecting a call. I will not say this happens for everyone but it did for me.
It seems as though this radio application has to many stations to choose from but I never lose a signal and I find the entire process of working this application extremely easy and it is perhaps my most used application now which takes a lot of doing compared to Angry Birds but it is a very decent application one people will enjoy.
I bought this radio app because I listen to the radio quite often on my walk to work and usually prefer it to listening to music on my ipod. However I am a bit boring and usually only listen to either radio one or radio two (mostly because I can't stand listening to adverts) the fact that I stick to the same stations all the time has definitely influenced this review though so if you are the type who enjoys browsing loads of different stations then you will probably have a totally different experience.
Ease of use
I find that this app is a bit over complicated because there are so many options and menus. I usually just want to switch the radio on as quickly as possible and start walking, this problem is mostly solved if you bookmark your favourite stations but it still takes longer than radio box (an app which I bought after this - but more on that later). However I am sure there are loads of music fans that would love all of the extras on this app - I'm just not one of them.
I don't know if it is just my area (Glasgow) but this app would always take forever to load and buffer. After a few days of use it stopped playing any radio stations whatsoever even though I tried reinstalling it.
After tunein radio stopped working I bought this for 59p instead and it has worked great. I know this isn't supposed to be a review of radio box but if you just want a simple and easy to use radio app then I'd recommend it. It is faster and more reliable and I think it looks nicer too.
Hello , here with another app review for you guys as they seem to be quite popular. This one is for Tunein Radio which simply brings radio to your Iphone. Bear in mind its a long review so ill sum up here . BUY IT NOW ITS GREAT, more on this below ! :)
*Requires internet connection.
The load up for this app is 10 seconds , like my recent gaurdian review , the app loads everything up so a connection then loads the station. After the initial load everything is quick to pop up so finding a station couldnt be easier.
Opening up the app greets you with the browse tab. This has the search bar at the top to find a station/show , song/artist or a custom url. I thought this was fantastic as if you are searching for a certain song you dont have to hang around for a station to play it, you can find it almost straight away.
Below this search bar is the radiotime categories allowing you to see all stations either , localy , recent , sport, talk , music , location and language. This is really extensive and shows the makers are just putting in that bit of effort to make it easy for its users.
Other tabs at the bottom are bookmarks , recordings ( more on that later ) , account and web.
For the radio example im using capital FM.
So on opening up the radio it took about 2 seconds just to connect and the design has been made similar to that of the ipod function of the Ipod. From the top theirs just a bookmark and back button.
On the screen is either an image of the station logo or the current presenter, next to this is either the show name , presenter name , the style and time remaining. For some stations it also shows what the current song is but this seems to be a little hit and miss which isn't too much of a problem but a feature they could improve on later. At the bottom of the radio screen is a radiotime link which opens up in the apps own browser , and shows you all the info for that station including show times , presenter etc. and also an options button ( again , talk about this beauty later on ).
Right at the bottom are the player controls , these consist of the volume bar, pause and stop. Then a few buttons I didnt expect, what I didnt realise as I potterd about the app was always recording but not saving to the app. Meaning I could pause, rewind and fast forward over the time period of listening. This is fantastic , when I got this it was just for a simple radio player whilst my phone was in its dock as I didnt want to have all the radio stations apps cluttering up the pages. So you recieve DAB style features although internet is needed. next to these controls in the full rewind button to go back to the start of the stream and then a little record button.
I am a big fan of podcasts as i often find I miss some good shows , this record function allows you to give it one tap and it instantaneously records the stream and saves it in the app. going back to days of old where you hear a good tune and in went the tape, no longer , just hit record and the musics there , very useful if you hear a song you like but dont know the song , you can then ask around and play it. Oh and of course this apps thought of everything and the recordings are available offline to listen at your pleasure. Playing the recordings back brings up the same player and look as when it was recorded.
On the recording it has the radio station, date , time , length and file size. This is done brilliantly , if you have a lot of recordings they are all in order and easy to find. Like with emails, getting rid of the recordings just takes a mighty swipe of the finger and a tap of delete.
Once again this app chucks in a surprise and ingenuity. It has a built in web browser allowing you to surf whilst listening to your station, this also works alongise the radiostations loading up Presenter info and show times . Its a very simple browser consisting of a web address bar , bookmark ,search and forward/back buttons, but it works and well and comes in handy , especially when searching about a song you've heard.
You can actually set up a free account with radiotime, they provide the radio information for tunein , I haven't really got involved with it as I didnt see a real need and it would be another password set to remember.
Again this is a goldmine of features which have been thrown in to make the buyer happy.
- Report a problem = if you happen to somehow find an issue with the product/stream this is where to come. The choices are split to get exactly where you should be - is there an audio problem ? , do we have the wrong info ? , are we missing something ? , is something else wrong ? or even contact info for the show your listening too. And all of these options then follow on too smaller options e.g. with audio it asks wether its you dont hear anything or if its cutting out? The makers really care and are doing everything to make sure its a pleasurable experience.
- You may also like = showing you a handful of other stations similar to yours that you may like , as well as genre and networks.
- stream = shows all the available streams for the show along with bit rate , reliablity and form e.g. mp3 or wma.
- View schedule = A list from the moment your listening for all the shows in order until the end of the day.
- Clock display = Again simple , it overlays a digital clock on the radio page.
- Set alarm/record timer = The application comes with an alarm and recorder , so say you want to listen to a show but its on late , simply set the record time and save it on the radio stations page. there is also the option to repeat it if its a regular show.
- Play in background - Another example of care, tunein have made a work around allowing you to have the radio play in the background outside of the app being open , and will only stop playing when you open a new app. When you press play in background they explain that it will open safari and play the music stream through quicktime. Brilliant if you dont want to leave the app open all night.
- Sleep timer - If like me you listen to the radio to dose off this can be used with a wide range of times from 15 minutes to 2 hours. And these options can all be used in conjuction with each other , befor you go to bed you can set the recorder , then set it to sleep timer and finally play it in background.
-Web page/twitter page = brings up the stations web and twitter page. simples.
Dependent of course on the stream , but everytime I have listend its been crystal clear and like listening to a normal DAB radio
If you want this little beauty head over to the Appstore and pay what I think is the measly sum of £1.19p
Shows why the appstore and its inhabitants are fantastic.
Thank you so much for reading , Im glad ive found an area people seem to be intrested in here.
Surprise, surprise here's another iPhone application from me...this time it is the TuneIn Radio App...which allows you to listen to radio, unsurprisingly.
Priced at just £1.19, it gives you access to thousands upon thousands of radio stations from around the globe, and all you need to listen is a 3G or wireless signal.
Once you've downloaded it and got into it, things can appear a little confusing - there's a list offering you all sorts of things but will probably all give the same result. They are - Browse Local Radio, Browse Recents, RadioTime Talk, RadioTime Sports, RadioTime Music, Browse by Location, Browse by Language. Now, knowing how indifferent these types of searches can be, unless you get the station you're after precisely right, it won't find it...however low and behold this appears quite reliable.
Selecting the first option, Browse Local Radio, loads a directory listed in alphabetical order of what appears to be most radio stations in the UK. From 102.7FM Classic Rock to XFM you simple select the station you want and it will load. It'll take you to a page featuring the stations logo, and a show description - from time to time this is incorrect or out of date, but invariably the details are correct. Once on the streaming page, you can do various things, such as report a problem (which hopefully you won't need!), look for other similar stations, select the quality of stream you want and view the stations schedule. Going back to the streaming page, you can pause the stream, or even record a portion of it. Returning to the original menu page will also allow the stream to keep playing, which is convenient, but one major setback of the App is you can't leave the application and the station will continue to play - something that may not actually be possible to attain for independent Apps, but would be far more helpful and be an incredible selling point.
If at any point you want to stop the station you're listening to, or want to return to the streaming page, there is a 'now playing' button in the top right hand corner. You may also bookmark your favourite stations for easy access next time you wish to listen to them, and even browse the internet using the App. This is one way of combating the problem I mentioned in the previous paragraph of the App not playing once you exit it - so by having a built-in browser, it tries to ensure if you need to use the internet, you use their portal. Clever.
Looking at the reviews and ratings on iTunes, this Application is exceptionally popular and worthwhile downloading for anyone who is a radio listener and has an iPhone. Yes, there are a few teething problems - for example, the stream can regularly buffer, despite the apparent appearance of a strong wireless or 3G signal. The obvious disadvantage of not being able to leave the App to continue listening is partly combated by the in-house web browser but so people will still complain. Yet with all the available multi-radio apps out there in the iTunes store, this one has to be up there with the best. It's easy to use, quick, has any radio station you could ever wish for on it, and best of all, is extremely cheap for the service it provides. Do yourself a favour and try it for yourself!
One of the few things I felt was missing when I got my iPhone was a radio - something which I had got used to on my old Sony Ericsson. Although it comes with a built-in iPod, I tend to listen to the radio more than CDs, so missed being able to do that on the move. This little beauty of an app soon solved that problem.
The TuneIn Radio app has received almost universally positive reviews and it's easy to see why. It allows you to listen to hundreds of radio stations from all across the world, on your iPhone. Best of all, you don't need access to a wi-fi network and, for the most part, it works perfectly well over 3G.
At first glance, the app is a little daunting, as you are presented with a menu system which offers you a whole range of options which can be used to find the station you are interested in. From this main menu, for example, you can choose to browse local radio stations, stations based around chat or sports or music; you can browse stations by country or even language. Even more daunting, click on any of these options will lead you to a list populated with literally hundreds of stations, with no further information other than the station name and the programme currently being broadcast. My initial thought on loading up the app for the first time was "aaargh! Where do I start?"
In actual fact, the user interface has been very well thought out and, with a little bit of practice, you can quickly find the stations you want. True, going down through multiple sub-menus can be a little long-winded, but there is the option to search for known stations by name and, once you've found the one you are looking for, you can bookmark it to make it much easier to access in future.
Once you're listening to a station, you can move around within the app (browsing through the list of stations, for example, whilst remaining connected to the current one). It is a weakness that you can't play it in the background whilst using other apps on your phone, but this is the fault of the iPhone's software, not the app itself (and hopefully something which will be resolved with the impending iPhone software upgrade). In a nice touch to try and partially overcome this issue, the app actually has its own built-in browser which means you can at least continue surfing the web whilst listening to the radio.
The quality of sound produced is excellent. I expected it to be a little fuzzy or tinny, but it's just as good as the iPod. The crystal clear sound is of very good digital quality; so good, in fact, that I often use it in preference to my car radio because it offers a much wider choice of stations and the sound is generally better. Unlike a standard analogue radio, where the sound tends to deteriorate when you start to move out of the station's range, the reproduction remains clear whether you're listening to a station from Newcastle, UK or Newcastle, Australia.
I did wonder how effective streaming over 3G would be and anticipated lots of drop-outs whilst it searched for a signal and buffered the sound. It's true that you do get these, but it doesn't happen that often and if you are receiving a strong network/3G signal it barely happens at all. The only place I have found so far that it doesn't work is in my office (which has no windows and very thick walls). Here, for every two seconds of broadcast, I get up to 60 seconds of "buffering".
Aside from the massive choice of stations, the ability to surf the web and bookmark favourite stations, you can also record using the app. OK, there's a limit of around 30 minutes of recording time, but if you just want to record the odd song, it's more than adequate. Unfortunately, you can't export recorded material outside of the app, nor is there any tool for editing them, which might have been nice. Even with these limitations, though, it's a useful little feature and again demonstrates how well thought out the app is.
Oh, and I haven't mentioned the best thing yet: all this will cost you just £1.19.
Minor annoyances? Well, as already mentioned, the user interface is initially daunting, which could put some people off. Given the sheer volume of options and stations, it can sometimes be a little tricky to find the station you want, so you'd be well-advised to bookmark your favourites as soon as you find them. But therein lies another minor niggle. Whilst you can bookmark favourite stations, they just appear in a single list, based on the order in which you added them. As far as I can tell there is no way to organise them in any way. So if you bookmark lots of stations, you still have to wade through a long list to find the one you want.
One final minor annoyance is that when you exit the app, the next time you start it up, it automatically connects to the station you were last listening to and starts playing it. Personally, I rarely want to listen to the same station, so would prefer the app to connect to the main menu page, rather than the last station. There is, in fact, a way to alter this, but it took me quite a while to figure it out, because it's hidden away under the General settings icon on the iPhone, rather than being part of the app. Presumably, though, this is again down to the way the iPhone software works.
Overall, this is a fantastic little app, which addresses the one serious weakness the iPhone/iPod has as an entertainment gadget. The ability to listen to such a wide range of radio stations from across the world is brilliant and at just £1.19 to download and install, this really is music to the ears of iPhone owners everywhere.
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