TuneIn Radio Pro for iPhone, iPad review
TuneIn Radio Pro for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, offers the ability to listen and record around 100,000 live radio stations and two million podcasts from around the world. While we've yet to count them all, it’s an impressive, exhaustive resource for radio enthusiasts and causal listeners alike. The apps offers some useful tools for locating content among all that output, including the ability to browse local radio and further afield by location and language. You can also discover what's currently trending - a slightly depressing, often arbitrary experience at times - and view top podcasts. Additionally, stations are grouped under music, sports, news and talk, while you can simply search for a particular show or radio host.
Those channels you find and listen to regularly can be saved to favourites, if you forget you can also view recent stations you've listened to easily. The TuneIn Live function allows you to customise channel highlights based on interests from an extensive A-Z list that includes 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Adult Contemporary and bizarrely Agriculture. We also liked the ability to set a sleep timer, as well as the chance to wake up to music or speech via the useful alarm function. Listening to podcasts is also a stress free option, although Apple's much improved Podcasts app is visually much more attractive. Generally, TuneIn Radio Pro provides information, including station details, track listings and images from individual broadcasters so the interface is at times a bit of a mess.
A recent 5.0.1 update, introduced in November, means that TuneIn Radio Pro now displays ads along with pre-roll audio ads. While apparently anyone who purchased the app prior to version 5.0 will still be able to use it without display ads, it's a move that has been greeted with dismay by many users on the Apple iTunes Store, particularly as the free TuneIn Radio is now essentially the same app minus the ability to record streams. Support for push Notifications is also underwhelming, with so far only a handful of seemingly random alerts directing us to various events.
The addition of ads on what is billed as a pro app aside, TuneIn Radio Pro is still an excellent choice for enjoying radio from the UK and anywhere in the world. The ability to catch-up with on demand podcasts and record content for offline playback are plusses, which only enhances an already great listening experience.