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How to listen to the radio on the iPhone

Yes, radios.

Some phones, and some old iPods, such as the Nano clip, have genuine radio receivers built-in. They can get AM and FM waves over the air, and play them, just like you were in an old-time car. However, the iPhone and iPad have never had functioning radio tuners. But thanks to internet streaming, it doesn't matter. You can listen to live radio anywhere, using an app.

Today we see a super simple app that works a lot like an old radio and another app I really don't like, but it does pretty much Everything you could want in a radio streaming app.

Why radio?

The radio still has some benefits over Spotify or Apple Music. First off, you don't have to think. Just turn it on and listen. If you avoid the commercial FM stations that all play the same 50 songs from the 1970s and 1980s, you can actually find new music this way. Try something like Dandelion Radio for someone really out there new music, for example.

Radio is also great for listening to live sports events, and for free. Radio used to be the most important way to follow sports, and it's still great. It is especially good if you are on the go or if you are doing something else. Video streams and TVs are fine if you can watch them, but radio describes the action so you don't have to watch it. In the old days I used to mute the TV and listen to the radio description from the same football game, because it was usually better.

Tune in

  TuneIn Radio is full of features.
TuneIn Radio is full of features.
Photo: Cult of Mac

TuneIn Radio is probably the best radio app for iOS. It has a search feature to find any drive, and lets you pause and resume playback, save favorites, and – my favorite feature – you can use the 3-D Touch to open a radio station right from the app's icon. The apps also let you stream podcasts, which is a convenient feature.

So why don't I like it? It's ugly, for one. And the user interface is confusing. On a regular radio – or in a well-functioning app of any kind – you learn quickly and then form the navigation is easy. And yet when I use TuneIn, I have to stop and record the interface before draining anything.

It's just not intuitive in any way. And I use it most days, so I'm not forgetting how everything works.

Despite this, I paid for the pro version to lose the ads, and what else was that $ 10 once bought me – TuneIn also has a free version.

TuneIn Pro – Radio and Sports

Price : $ 9.99.

[19659047] Download : TuneIn Pro – Radio and Sports from the App Store (iOS)


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No more minimal.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel / Cult of Mac

Stream is a minimalist radio program for iPhone and iPad. That is the opposite of TuneIn. It comes with three preset stations that you can switch, and these are exchanged with up and down buttons on the radio. Yes, radios. Ströms interface is a simple picture of a radio. Not a picture. Just a cool monochrome graphic.

You add stations by pressing the tuner tape between the buttons and gluing the connector to the radio current.

The best thing about Power, apart from looks and simplicity, is that the radio current opens immediately. Maybe TuneIn is preparing a long buffer before it starts to play, but it takes a few seconds. Power only goes.

And here's a Power pro tip: You can pause the sound from the regular lock screen / Control Center shortcuts, and you can switch stations using the jump forward / backward buttons. To start a stopped power, change channels.


Price : Free

Download : Power from the App Store (iOS)

Radio can be out in favor of personal streaming, but it is something light on the radio, and still very appealing. As long as you skip all the terrible stations that play soft rock or jazz and all the other unofficial wallpaper.

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