When I’m on the go I want to kill time by playing games or listening to music.
Because I didn’t feel like always listening to the same old songs I searched the Market for a good radio application; I found TuneIn thanks to its ratings.
Read on to find out if I’m satisfied with this app and if it’s helped me find my favorite radio stations.
Features & Use
The app comes with an internal search function, so the first thing I did was type in the name of my favorite station, „TechnoBase.fm”.
Without further ado, the station pops up and I can search for other stations, add the station to my favorites, report a problem, or set an alarm so that I’m woken up by my favorite radio hosts.
As soon as I add the station to my favorites it appears under Settings in the main menu… odd. The other stations I’ve favorite are also displayed here.
You can also select to have only local stations displayed to facilitate your choice-making. I found that mostly news broadcasters pop up when you decide to go by this route, however. But if you’re looking to get a quick update on what’s going on in the world this option may come in handy.
If you don’t yet have a favorite radio station, but you do know which music genre you like, look up different categories – ranging from rock to Latin – of music under Music. After you’ve chosen a category a display will let you know which stations play music you might like. A convenient feature for when you’re in the mood for listening to specific types of music.
As the name might suggest, Talk displays talk shows. For German speakers, check out 90Live: they broadcast conferences during soccer games.
You can also listen to internet podcasts; seeing as the selection is pretty generous you’ll be sure to find something that peaks your interest.
The app’s volume capacity is potent enough so that your seat neighbor on the bus or train will be able to benefit from your music. I would recommend not turning it up too loud, though, because it can get a bit annoying when all you hear are the high notes.
According to reviews on the Market, this app is popular due to its good performance and it seems to have a lot of satisfied users—and I can count myself as one of them! I predict that I’ll be tuning into TuneIn quite a bit on one of my next journeys. The app definitely offers a lot of choice, especially considering that it’s free.
Screen & Controls
The most important functions are reached very quickly and it doesn't cost any effort to program in different radio stations. The app is available in several languages.
I wasn’t particularly fussed about the ad banner at the bottom of the screen, because in my opinion a good app can be permitted to have ads in it, provided that they aren’t too overpowering.
Ads are shown directly above the keypad when you’re searching for stations, so it can happen that you accidentally click on one of the banners.
Speed & Stability
TuneIne ran ralatively fast during testing phase. Switching between channels was easy and effortless provided there was WLAN coverage.
My impression is that the app is both stabile and well designed.
I would recommend a data flatrate for when you want to listen to the radio when you’re out and about, as the transmission demands a lot of MB; you might reach your limits rather quickly if you don’t ahve a flatrate.
TuneIn can be downloaded free of cost from the Market.