PadGadget Weekly App Series – Apps for Radio Streaming

For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found eight great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included eight essential apps for radio streaming in this week’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.

This week’s category is: Apps for Streaming Radio on the iPad

1. Pandora (Free, optional subscription $3.99/month) – Pandora is the grandaddy of all iPad radio streaming apps. This universal app has earned fans for its unique ability to form stations based upon a listener’s interest. Just type in the name of an artist you already like and Pandora pairs it with similar sounding music. Though only subscribers can listen ad-free, Pandora still offers free users a wide range of music that is accessible through the app’s easy-to-manage UI. After its most recent update with iOS5 compatibility, Pandora now displays the current track’s metadata and artwork on the lock screen.


2. Stitcher Radio – (Free) Stitcher is a universal radio streaming app that includes both streaming and OnDemand radio stations. Stitcher’s content is impressive, as it includes popular news, comedy, sports, talk and storytelling radio shows, so there is something for everybody. As the name suggests the app allows the user to create a customized station by “stitching” stations together. Users can also subscribe to over 5,000 podcasts. While testing this app BBC 6, Steely Dan’s “FM (No Static At All)” was playing, which is ironic, since the terms “FM” and “static” no longer apply to the iPad streaming experience.


3. iheartradio for iPad – (Free) American media conglomerate Clear Channel’s iheartradio for iPad will be a boon for any sports fan, talk radio listener, or user who is keen on finding commercial-free content. Not all of the content is commercial-free, but the UI is set up to make finding this content simple. The app includes sports radio stations from all over the US, as well as a lengthy list of talk radio stations. While iheartradio’s music offerings are broad, they are not deep, so fans of most mainstream genres will find more choices than listeners interested in niche styles like jazz or reggae.


4. Internet Radio Box – ($0.99) Internet Radio Box brings stations from around the world right to your iPad. Geared toward users who are already radio streaming diehards, listeners can browse online streaming directories like RadioDeck, SHOUTcast Radio and IceDeck right from within the app. This universal app has a few useful features: users can pause/resume/rewind streams, record streams for later playback, or stream to Apple’s AirPort Express.


5. ooTunes Radio ($4.99)  Another universal app, ooTunes Radio wants to bring the listener infinite listening options. Radio Roolette feature shows users what 100s of different radio stations are playing at the same time, alarm clock or the option to listen to favorites offline without an internet connection. For a one-time fee ($19.99, considerably cheaper than iTunes match is expected to be) users may purchase the ooTunes Media Server to access their iTunes libraries on iDevices or remote desktops. Listeners can also pause/rewind streams, schedule to record shows, and stream to AirPort Express.


6. Radio Tablet for iPad ($2.99) Anyone looking for an iPad-specific radio streaming app should consider Radio Tablet for iPad since its UI was designed to make the most of the iPad’s larger real estate, rather than simply up-sizing an iPhone app. Billed as a radio DVR for the iPad, Radio Tablet records songs for playback later. The easy-to-use interface lets listeners browse by genres, search, and create favorites. The app lets users access online the popular online streaming directories ShoutCast Radio, RadioTime, and IceCast.


7. Wunder Radio ($3.99) Wunder Radio’s strength is its ability to support multiple formats including mms, ASX, M3U, PLS, which means it can stream Sirius radio, or pick up the BBC’s signals. Users can search through 400 different radio genres, listen to streams in the background, and @ message favorite DJs using the app’s Twitter directory. Created by the people who brought us weather underground, Wunder Radio includes easy access to Local NOAA weather radio streams, and emergency scanner streams. Wunder Radio offers on-demand programming, including audio archive footage such as coverage of historical events (i.e. Pearl Harbor, Apollo 11).


8. TuneIn Radio Pro ($0.99) TuneIn Radio Pro is a universal app that offers users a less option that still allows radio do most things that costlier apps can do including pause/rewind, program to record, play in background with “now playing” information displayed on lock screen, and alarm clock features. Plus, shake your iDevice and TuneIn Radio will recommend stations based on what you already like. The most recent update includes two community-minded features. Users can tune in to their local police and fire scanners, as well as easily donate to KQED, a popular Northern California NPR station. Users who don’t want to record radio can try ad-supported TuneIn Radio (Free).

Note: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite