TuneIn Radio – iPhone App of the Week
This is a regular feature of the blog looking at the various iPhone Apps available. Some of the apps will be useful for those involved in learning technologies, others will be useful in improving the way in which you work, whilst a few will be just plain fun! Some will be free, others will cost a little and one or two will be what some will think is quite expensive. Though called iPhone App of the Week, most of these apps will also work on the iPod touch.
This week’s App is TuneIn Radio.
Listen to and record over 30,000 radio stations including thousands of AM/FM local stations on your iPhone or iPod touch with TuneIn Radio!
Despite all the wonder, images and content that television and the internet brings to people’s lives, radio is still very much alive and listened to.
I suspect that the main reason for that is radio is something that can be combined with other activities. Whilst driving your car you can listen to the radio. Likewise when cooking, cleaning or gardening you can also listen to the radio. I am sure many learners will listen to the radio whilst studying, and I guess many staff have the radio on when marking.
The iPhone for all its features and functionality does not have a radio function. Some mobile phones do, but the iPhone does not.
So what does this all mean in the context of this series on iPhone Apps?
Well I was recommended to have a look at TuneIn Radio. This App allows you to stream various radio stations from the web.
As well as radio stations you have never heard of, it also allows you to listen to stations like Radio 4 or Five Live.
The App allows you to pause and rewind the stream, making it great when you want to not miss anything, but something more important comes up than the radio.
The App also allows you to record from the radio and listen later.
Now without multitasking on the iPhone, there are limitations in how you can do other stuff on the iPhone as you listen to the radio. Having said that the App has a built in web browser, allowing you to do web stuff whilst listening to the radio.
I have only really just started using this App, but even at this early stage I really like the ease of use, the way it works and what it allows me to do.
If you like listening to radio then this App is certainly one you should be looking at.