The best radio apps for Android. Five lesser known picks that are sure to give you the best value for your time and/or money.
Radios. Simple pieces of technology that paved the way for the modern telecommunications ecosystem. Technology now kindly brought to you in miniature Android form. Like in most sub-genre of apps on the app store, radio apps come a dime a dozen. The myriad of apps offering similar features means that finding one that’s actually worth the install becomes all that much harder.
We did all the heavy lifting for you, taking time out to test out the apps in this genre, with a rather noticeable lean towards the obscure. After much deliberation, here are the five best android radio apps. Five picks that are sure to give you the best value for your time and/or money.
One that tries to bring a personalized package to the table, Radiobox presents a fine blend of functionality and design, without overdoing either.
The app opens to the location tab with a grid list of local channels that can be sorted by City. Swiping to the left brings up genres, with an impressive list ranging from the 20’s period to more form-based genres like Pop and Techno on display. Swiping to the right ushers in a mish-mash of genres and ‘Top’ lists.
Unlike others on this list, the sidebar is rather bare, with only the ‘Favorites’, ‘Alarm’, and ‘Sleep time’ options available.
After extensive use, a daily notification feature was noticed, an irksome whistle tone serving to keep you on your toes.
Developers of the app are responsive so there’s hope for improvements. It gets the job done but still needs a lot of work. Download from Playstore
- Moderate installation package size of 7.51mb
- Extensive genre selection
- Sleep timer and alarm setting for 7 days
- Annoying daily notifications
- Bland UI
- Features are lacking
Playtime Internet Radio (v1.0-27)
A simple 14mb download, this opens to a page littered with pink. Not the best color choice, some would say, but it’s used sparingly and makes for a surprisingly good looking theme. The UI is nothing if not pleasing and counts as one of the best of the items on this list.
From the homepage, there are options allowing you to sort by top songs and artists of genres. Location-based sorting also comes in handy here, as well as an impressive search function that pops up hundreds of results by channels.
The listening experience of this app lives up to the standards set by its accompanying design, with playback being of great quality. The app itself takes a few seconds to launch, an issue also noticed when selecting channels.
Beautiful, functional, and decently featured, Playtime Radio is one of the best options in a saturated market. Very much worth the install. Download from Playstore
- Great UI
- Effective search button
- Great audio quality
- Slight lag in-app
myTuner Radio (v5.2.3)
While some others on this list offer a simple, yet effective package, myTuner leaves no stone unturned at presenting a product that is aesthetically decent, without sacrificing performance and features, for the most part.
The app opens to a fully customized page based on your location, which is a most welcome feature. All local channels are listed, with their corresponding logos lending credibility to the app’s attention to design.
The sidebar presents a rare feature among apps of this kind—an equalizer—albeit one that can only be unlocked by doing a number of specified tasks. A channel selection allows you to sort by popularity, genre, and location. ‘Podcasts’ does the obvious, and ‘Charts’ allows you to play titles based on popularity over various time periods, a feature that would be more inviting if it wasn’t so localized.
My Tuner has clients for both PC and Mac, and a login function hopefully implies sync of some sort. There is; however, a banner ad at the bottom that can only be legally removed for a one-time fee of $2.99.
A good-looking app, but a 24.4mb installation package may scare some off. An attempt at localizing features is a neat little bonus, one that would probably be better appreciated if toned down a bit. Download from Playstore
- Great UI
- Localized homepage and channel selection
- Free version has a distracting ad banner at the bottom
- Installation package is on the large side
- Tasks to unlock the equalizer feels like they’re trying to coerce users
From the Belgium makers of Winamp and SHOUTcast -the software for streaming media over the internet- Radionomy is a cross-platform radio app serving you almost 70,000 stations to stream on mobile and PC. It’s also an innovative broadcasting platform where you can create your own radio channel for free, without worrying about copyrights.
Read our full Radionomy review here.
Radioverse – Internet Radio (v1.1.0)
Simple, Indian, bite-sized, and gets the job done. Radioverse offers a complete package in a minimalistic form—it’s only a 2.4mb download, after all. Opening the app gives a simple overview of channels sorted by genre, proximity, and location, and the sidebar allows you to view trending channel, talk shows, listening history and a recommendation list based on it.
The UI is rather basic and just about adequate, with three theme selections—night, day, and auto—providing the best backgrounds for times of usage.
The actual listening experience, much like other features, could be best described as efficient. The quality of music is stable, if a bit noisy, but you probably won’t be playing this on a high-end sound setup anyways, so it does a good job. It’s a shame that there are no options to change audio quality.
Features allowing you to favorite channels, share your listening status to social media, and even check details of the channel playing make this a sweeter deal.
It’s not as good as some on this list, but if you need something that offers a decent listening experience, without a bloated UI or a tendency to take up storage space, this app is worth a second look. Download from Playstore
- A small-sized download
- Option to select theme and homepage
- UI could use some work
- Sound quality could be better
Lost FM (v1.4.4)
The only item on this list that cannot be found on Google’s official app store, actually Google removed it because this app is unofficially rebroadcasting streams from Digitally Imported Inc. If you prefer doing things legal, we recommend checking the official app. Lost FM combines the music of 5 official apps into one.
The homepage is split into two tabs—All and Styles, the first of which categorizes channels into dozens of subgenres, an extensive endeavour which will probably not be seen in any other app. A click on the information icon of each sub-genre gives a brief description of the kind of music to be expected, most importantly, in relatable speak.
Switching from the default Digitally Imported option to Radio Tunes switches it all up, showing another impressive listing of sub-genres. All other sidebar options offer similar results.
In Settings, the only feature of note is a bitrate selection option, one that should, by all means, be readily available on all audio apps and yet, isn’t.
This app doesn’t attempt to give localized options or charts. What it offers; however, is an impressive selection of genres for music enthusiasts. Download from [eafl id=”2322″ name=”Lost FM” text=”developers website”]
- Bitrate change option
- Thoroughly classified genres
- Clean material UI
- Not a legal app
The developer is currently developing a legal radio app with the same clean design as Lost FM.
Insider tip: You can use the sharing button to paste a song title into Videoder to search and download.