Music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora may be how you listen to the music in the future, or now for a lot of young folks, but what about those who still want to listen to their favorite terrestrial radio stations- on a mobile phone, tablet or computer? Can you get AM/FM radio stations streamed to your devices?
Absolutely! It’s easy and free.
Pretty much all popular radio stations provide a stream of their over-the-air broadcast. If you only listen to one station, then head over to your favorite station’s website and listen to the web-stream right on their webpage. But if you want to radio surf and have more options, then you’ll need an app.
One of the best apps out there is TuneIn. TuneIn offers over 100,000 real radio stations, including NPR, ESPN Radio, CNN, CBS Radio, Univision, and TED, plus on-demand content like podcasts and talk programs around the world. It’s interface is simple and intuitive. You can search for your favorite station, or browse by locality and category. It’s available on almost every mobile and desktop devices, including streaming media players like Roku. The free version comes with ads, but hey, you’re already listening to ad-supported radio stations so what’s a few more right? Premium version, which is $7.99 per month currently, gives you NFL play-by-play, MLB play-by-play, Brclays Premier League, audiobooks, commercial-free music streams and more.
You just need to be connected to the internet and you’re ready to go. At last, old school radio is back on your new school devices.