App of the Week: TuneIn Radio
Free version or 99c for Pro. I hate to open on such a divisive note, but one of my favourite things to listen to is ABC Radio’s coverage of test match cricket. Unfortunately, since I stopped driving to work in favour of public transport, I needed a way to keep my embarrassing pastime alive.
Enter TuneIn Radio.
One of the most reliable and functional apps I have found, TuneIn Radio literally transforms your iPhone (or Android) into a digital radio, complete with recording and full pause/rewind capability. Although you will need to keep an eye on your data usage (I find TuneIn generally uses between 30 and 60 mB per hour), the signal is fantastic and I have had remarkably few drop outs in the 6 months I have been tuning in.
There is also a great search function for podcasts and radio stations, a great way to discover some hidden digital only and international stations (a hint for people that like to be first, Triple J’s Unearthed Digital and BBC2 from the UK are a great way to find music that your friends haven’t heard of yet).
TuneIn also features a fantastic ‘Recommended’ feature, which finds new stations for you based on stations you like and your music library. I should issue a warning though, surfing through some of the overseas stations that are recommended can become dangerously addictive.
TuneIn Radio is a must have app for people on the go, more information at Tunein.com.