No matter which smartphone you prefer, it’s impossible to deny the visibility and impact of the iPhone. One of the biggest reasons for this is the versatility the handheld has because of the app store. Over 74,000 choices and continuing to expand rapidly, the choices for entertainment and productivity are seemingly boundless.
Thus, there are reviews of iPhone apps all over the net, one of the more followed sources being Gizmodo. Last Friday, they released their Fall 2009 list of Essential iPhone Apps. Of the fifty apps on the list five were radio apps. Ten percent of the essential apps across all types.
The five were divided between purely online properties such as Last.fm and Pandora, to streaming of terrestrial radio.
AOLRadio came in as the number three most useful app, and was given the following thumbnail review:
More free radio content than any actual radio could ever have. Tailored radio stations are great, sure, but old-fashioned programmed stations-AOL Radio’s specialty-have their charms
Last.fm, Pandora, NPR News, and SlackerRadio round out the radio apps given the nod by the Gizmodo team. John Herman picked up some favorites of mine and turned me on to some new ones as well. The thing that is striking is how well radio is adapting to the technology’s reach.
Add in the various efforts to make the audio fully tag-able, searchable, and easy to purchase and you begin to see what the day-to-day users already know: radio is essential.