Best Radio Apps

Whether you’re driving to work with the same radio DJ every day or eating your breakfast with your favourite station playing, listening to the radio is a part of so many people’s mornings.

To gain access to more stations from different locations, you can download a radio app which allows you to listen on the go. Tune into BBC Radio 1 for chart toppers or turn the dial to Smooth for some chilled-out vibes. With a radio app on your phone, you’ll never have a dull moment.

There are plenty of apps on offer for Android and iPhone, some of which can use your phone’s built in FM receiver while others require an internet connection. Specific stations have created their own apps, but in this article we’ve picked out some of the best general apps for all of your radio needs.

Radio Player

Price: Free
Compatible with: Android and Apple devices

The creators of this app partnered up with the BBC to produce a DAB radio app which features over 450 UK stations. Depending upon where you are in the UK, the app will recommend local stations for you and you can save your favourites, completely personalising your experience with the app.

Whether you’re into sports, music or podcasts, this app is a great all-rounder, featuring all of the BBC Radio channels as well as those from Bauer Radio and some other great stations, including student and community projects.

The app requires an internet connection to run, which could get pricey if you go outside of your data allowance.

Features

  • Alarm clock
  • Sleep timer
  • Car mode
  • Chromecast
  • Android Wear

Download for Android
Download for Apple

 

Radio UK

Price: Free
Compatible with: Android devices

The Radio UK app may only offer 40 UK radio stations but it allows you to listen to them without buffering and at a really great sound quality level. The stations on offer include BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, Heart London and Absolute Radio. With a quick and responsive interface, this app is easy to use, making listening to the radio a breeze.

The team who created the app are great at responding to customer’s comments and have made some positive updates to make the user experience even better.

Like with Radio Player, this app is only available when online, so make sure you have enough data or you’re definitely within reach of WiFi when you run the app.

Download for Android

 

Simple Radio

Price: Free
Compatible with: Android and Apple devices

Simple Radio lets you listen to over 40,000 radio stations online in addition to local and national AM and FM stations. Simple by name, simple by nature, this app allows you to use the internet or your phone’s built-in tuner without the internet.

With a super easy interface, this app is really user friendly. Its one-tap favourite option means you can keep your go-to channels at hand and never miss a beat.

This is the best radio app without internet meaning your battery and data don’t have to suffer to enjoy tuning in.

Features

  • Uses AM/FM Tuner or internet

Download for Android
Download for Apple

 

TuneIn

Price: Free (or Pro version for £7.69)
Compatible with: Android, Apple, Windows and Blackberry devices

With 100,000 stations already available and the ability to add your own, this app is great for choice. So if you find it difficult to make decisions, it might be a radio app to avoid.

An excellent app for those who like sports, news, podcasts or audiobooks with so much choice, we reckon it could be the best free radio app on offer at the moment. Not only does TuneIn have a vast choice of stations, it works on so many different devices.

The app integrates with TuneIn.com meaning you can manage your favourites and use your account on any internet enabled device.

Features

  • Compatible with Chromecast, Xbox One and Apple Watch
  • Access 40,000+ audiobooks

Download for Android
Download for Apple

 

myTuner Radio

Price: Free
Compatible with: Android and Apple devices

myTuner Radio could be the best radio app for iPhone, with over 30,000 stations to tune into. You can search for your favourite artist by name or by track and the top 100 is available to listen to at any time! If pop music isn’t your thing, then you can listen to stations like Classic FM, Jazz FM or Kerrang! It all depends on your preference.

Not only can you enjoy top UK radio stations, you can also access hundreds of channels from around the world.

To use this app, you must have an internet connection, so be aware if you have limited data.

Features

  • Top 100 Tracks
  • Compatible with Apple Watch

Download for Android
Download for Apple

 

Summary

Each of these apps has some really great points, so all you have to do is choose which you like the sound of best (literally) and tune in to your favourite stations on the go, in your room or at work. But remember, if you can connect to a Wi-Fi network, it is recommended that you do so, as data is quickly used up when using these radio apps!

If you need a little help in choosing, check out our list below for which apps we found the best for different reasons:

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