Instead, radio adapted and adopted itself to match changing usage and new technology. That’s why your iPhone is better at doing internet radio than a radio is at doing broadcast radio. Here’s how.
Long Live Radio
There is little question that I listen less to radio in my car than previous generations. That’s because much of my radio listening has transferred to my iPhone or iPod.
Even Apple’s iTunes comes with dozens of internet radio stations that feature most music, news, and talk from all over the world.
Even that list of internet radio pales in significance to what you’ll find in the TuneIn Radio app for iPhone and iPad.
Whether it be music, sports, news, talk, comedy or whatever else makes up a radio station these days, you’re no longer encumbered by the broadcast signal.
TuneIn Radio can grab streaming broadcasts from tens of thousands of stations, and pickup a few million podcasts (don’t try to download them all at once; choose wisely).
The interface is a sweet blend of iTunes and the longest list of radio stations you’ve ever seen.
Browse stations by music, locality, sports, news, talk, or by language.
Not bad for free, right?
The TuneIn Radio app is also integrated with the website tunein.com so you can capture favorites and listen from iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
There’s so much going on within TuneIn Radio that you can spend hours simply searching for new radio stations.
There is one issue to contend with and it will depend on how, when, where, and for how long you listen to internet radio.
Streaming radio means bandwidth usage, so take care to use Wi-Fi instead of 3G or 4G as much as possible. Radio streams and podcasts are heavy eaters of bandwidth.
What TuneIn Radio really needs is a built-in timer similar to an alarm clock, whereby radio can be turned on at a certain time to a certain channel, then turned off. Oh, and add an audio recorder to it, too.