TuneIn Radio is an Android radio app that takes a large number of free internet and FM radio and makes them available to its users worldwide for free. Because of TuneIn radio’s large repository of radio station, users in part of the world can enjoy music from anywhere else instantly. The flexibility and openness of the internet radio model is truly made mobile by TuneIn Radio.
The first thing you notice by downloading TuneIn Radio from the Android Market is that it’s fairly easy to use. The interface doesn’t take any time to get used to and everything is displayed in a very neat, intuitive manner. In fact, TuneIn Radio can be taken as an example of how to design a good Android radio app. That’s how clean it is.
Using an Android radio app like TuneIn Radio
You can listen to internet radio on Android using TuneIn Radio either as an anonymous user, or with a user account. To sign in/sign up, select Menu from the app’s home screen and click on Accounts. From there, go on to configure your account.
Back to the home screen, you can see two tabs to the top, “Browse” and “My Presets”.
Browse will let you search for a station of your liking and listen to it. As an example, let’s say I want to listen to an Alternative Rock station. I tap on Music, then Alt. Rock, and finally tap one of the zillion radio stations available for my listening pleasure. This would take me to the ‘Now Playing” screen and start streaming the station which I selected. Additionally, TuneIn Radio also provides access to over 50,000 FM radio stations on your Android.
Streaming internet radio on your Android radio app
From the Now Playing screen, clicking the heart icon will add the station to My Presets, where will it be instantly accessible for future playback. Clicking on the envelope will allow you to share the station via Facebook, Twitter or Email. Clicking on the playlist icon will provide you with a bunch of options that you can use to further enhance your listening experience on your Android radio app. This includes recommendations in a section called “You May Like”, more information about the currently playing song in “Now Playing”, and the option to set an alarm and sleep timer. Do note that you need to have an account configured in order to add stations/tracks to your presets.
There’s also a search function in case you prefer to search for stations based on keywords. Hit the search button (available on any Android) to bring it up. Click on Menu > Settings, to configure settings for a better audio experience. One of the interesting options available on this Android radio app is the ability to shake your phone to select a random radio station.
There are a bunch of Android radio apps out there that will enable you to stream internet radio on Android but what sets TuneIn Radio apart from the others is that it is available worldwide and is free. If you are the kind of person who doesn’t want to spend hours searching for music on the iTunes store, or just fancy some old-fashioned radio music, TuneIn Radio is the Android radio app for you. Let us know about your experience in the comments.