iPhone Radio Roundup

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earbudsThe iPhone is a phenomenon;  no doubt about it. I know I love mine dearly.  So, halfway through 2009 seems like a good time to take a quick look at some of the new radio-oriented apps and goodies available for the device.

One of the big things recently has been streaming apps. Using it as a mp3 player is one thing, but pulling in live radio is a whole different story. I’ve got a huge music collection and even I often find times when I want to hear someone else’s choice in tunes, hopefully to discover something new and enjoyable. Now, users of the iPhone and iPod Touch have a great array of options.

  • If you don’t want to download an app, you can simply bookmark Moodio in Safari and start listening. Unfortunately, IP blocking issues prevent tuning in to Clear Channel-owned stations.  On the good side, however, it will work with any phone that “supports 3GPP/3GPP2-streaming and understands the AACPlus-codec.” Blackberry and Samsung users should be thrilled about that!
  • EdgeRift’s Emergency Radio App was a no brainer for me. Coming from the land of hurricanes and settling down in Tornado Alley, I have a deep seated need for accessible emergency radio. There is a nice review of the app up on Computerworld for those who are interested.
  • If you are of a religious bent, the Voice of Prophecy is notable as the second oldest gospel radio broadcast known, running for the past eight decades. They have now gone digital with their own free iPhone app.
  • Of course there are the standards as well: AOL’s Shoutcast, Pandora , Slacker Radio, iHeartRadio, and the Public Radio Tuner all have their own spots on my iPhone menu. (Actually there’s an entire page of the menu that is radio apps, but that is neither here nor there…)

Great stuff across the board. Now Apple needs to step up on the issue of background operation because even with the new 3.0 version of the OS that just debuted, you still cannot listen to your music while typing an email or surfing the web. In that regard, the Palm Pre and the Blackberry have the iPhone beat.

Photo courtesy of aloshbennet, used under its Creative Commons license

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