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Fewer and fewer homes have radios than ever, but you can still enjoy tunes whenever and wherever you’d like. Thankfully some apps can quickly turn your smartphone into a radio.
These apps work across most Android and iOS devices to listen to your favorite stations uninterrupted. Here are our top picks.
Simply put, Simple Radio has the most extensive range of radio programs. With access to over 50,000 channels across music, sports, talk radio and more, there’s something for everyone. Tune in to your local news station or national news and lean back to listen.
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The interface is easy to navigate despite the vast library of radio stations. The free app is available for iOS and Android.
Hate ads? LiveOne offers one of the cheapest ad-free premium subscriptions of any radio app we’ve tested. Enjoy hand-crafted stations that pertain to your specific musical preferences, scroll through other stations to find new music to enjoy and customize your experience.
There are even interactive stations you can have fun with. The app is free for iOS and Android, and premium subscriptions are available.
NPR One has informational podcast-style radio shows, educational programs, and more for you to enjoy. Music is excellent, but when you have the itch to learn something new, you can scratch it with NPR One. The free app is available for iOS and Android.
If you haven’t heard of iHeartRadio before, be warned: it’s probably the last radio app you’ll ever need. With streams of music from every genre imaginable and loads of talk shows, iHeartRadio is a top destination. While it has a premium option available, it’s aimed at those who want to skip tracks or have increased functionality.
Using the free version of the app doesn’t hinder your ability to enjoy it. It’s available for iOS and Android.
Ironically, you can listen to both FM and AM stations on this app. Listen to your favorite local or national radio station online, then enable the sleep timer function. It automatically turns off the radio when you fall asleep, so you don’t burn through your smartphone battery.
The free Radio FM app is available for iOS and Android.
Your phone is the best radio ever
You can access almost anything with your smartphone, including the best radio stations worldwide. Most of these apps are lightweight, so you can install multiple at a time if you’re unsure what you want to try.
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