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How Apps Have Resurrected the Radio

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A few years ago, radio’s popularity was faltering.  Its fate seemed to be that of the 8-Track cassette, the Walkman, and the Compact Disc but thanks to the creation of some wildly popular mobile apps, radio has found its place in the world once again.  Younger generations get to feel the experience of hearing a tune for the very first time on their iPod Touch, iPad or smartphone and with today’s advanced technology, radio stations can be organized by decade, genre, and even city to make the listener’s experience even more positive.

Five of the Most Popular Internet Radio Apps

Here are five of the most popular Internet radio apps:

  1. TuneIn.  Access your favorite radio stations anywhere in the world whenever you want them.  In fact, the mobile app allows you to listen to music on the go and for $1, you can upgrade to the Pro version which allows you to record live radio for playback at a later date, pause live radio, rewind, play back, and more.  It’s quite a good investment for people who hate spending money but enjoy listening to music.
  2.  Since its humble beginnings in 2000, has been streaming alternative, electronic, and trip-hop to listeners around the world.  There are no ads with this service which means that you can get the most from your experience using the site.  The service is listener supported so it won’t hurt you to throw a few dollars their way to keep your favorite songs, artists, and shows on the area. is available as mobile apps for iOS and Android and can be listened to nearly every mobile device with a browser.
  3. Pandora.  Receive recommendations based on music you like and want to listen to.  Simply enter the name of a song, artist or band and you’ll get a list of stations to choose from.  Use the rating system to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to a song.  You also have the option of skipping songs but don’t get too click happy.  You’re limited on the number of skips you’re allowed unless you want to throw down $36/year for Pandora One.
  4. Slacker.  Personalize your preferences easily with Slacker.  Choose from 100s of genre specific channels.  Eliminate the singers and bands you don’t like by giving the website feedback.  Free to use and available on iOS, Android, WebOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry, Slacker offers an ad-free paid version with even more listening options.
  5. Spotify.  A full-service music player, music search tool, and jukebox, Spotify is free and supported by ads.  Listeners can get recommendations based on the music they’ve listened to and the collaborative playlists they’ve subscribed to.  Apps are available for iOS, Android, and Symbian but can only be used by Premium members who pay $10 a month to access them.

Apps have literally breathed new life into old radio stations.  Portable and accessible, a person’s favorite music can go wherever they go.  This is ideal because in today’s mobile world, very few people carry laptops around as much as they do tablets and smartphones.

The idea of personalizing choices makes it that much easier to discover new artists, share favorite songs, and learn about new genres of music as they’re being introduced to the public.  Listening to music is no longer a solitary experience.  It’s a social experience encouraged by websites.  That’s how they keep their services free.  Advertisers pay for traffic so the more a site is liked and shared, the happier they are with the numbers they receive.