10 best radio apps for Android

by: Joe HindyMay 17, 2016
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There are a virtually endless number of ways to listen to music these days. You can stream them, listen to the radio, watch music videos, and the old methods (like vinyl) are still humming along as they ever were. Sometimes, though, people like to just hit play and let it go without having to manage every little thing like playlists, play order, or anything like that. For those people, we’d like to present the best radio apps for Android!

Apple Music best radio apps for AndroidApple Music

[Price: $9.99/month]
No, Apple didn’t pay us to be on this list. However, they did create one of the better radio experiences with Beats One. For those who don’t know, Beats One is a 24/7 radio station that has live DJs, live hosts, various types of music, and sometimes even live music. It’s difficult to justify $9.99/month for just a radio experience, but if you’re in the market for a music streaming service and a radio experience, Apple Music does both competently.

Get it now on Google Play!

google play music best radio apps for AndroidGoogle Play Music

[Price: Free / $9.99 per month]
Google Play Music is another excellent option for people looking for music streaming and radio apps capabilities. On top of the streaming, Google maintains a metric ton of playlists covering every genre, almost every decade, and even most moods. So if you’re looking for 90s hits, music to play at BBQs, or just a good rock and roll station, Google Play has you covered. People using the free version can get the radio stuff, while the music streaming and additional features come with the $9.99/month price.

Get it now on Google Play!

google play music best radio apps for android

iheartradio best radio apps for androidiHeartRadio

[Price: Free]
iHeartRadio is one of the go-to solutions for radio apps. It has a large selection of stations to listen to, including FM stations and iHeartRadio’s own stations mixed in. You can find playlists for almost any mood, in almost any genre, and there are seasonal stations mixed in for holidays like Christmas. It’s completely free to use (supported by in-streaming ads) which is another good bonus. For those who want it, iHeartRadio also comes with Chromecast and Android Wear support.

Get it now on Google Play!

iheartradio best radio apps for android

Internet Radio best radio apps for AndroidInternet Radio

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Internet Radio is, as the name suggests, an app that plays radio over the Internet. The app features hundreds of radio stations that cover all kinds of content that are ready for streaming when you want them. It includes both Internet-hosted radio as well as some FM stations that support online streaming. If you go pro, you can get some additional features, including live radio recording, a sleep timer, and more. It’s an efficient solution that does what it says it does.

Get it now on Google Play!

Internet Radio best radio apps for Android

Pandora Internet Radio best radio apps for androidPandora Radio

[Price: Free]
The venerable Pandora Radio is an obvious selection for a list like this. The app made streaming random music mainstream and has enjoyed quite a bit of success over the years. Instead of focusing on specific stations, Pandora lets users create their own station based on their interests, artists they like, or genres they’re interested in. Pandora does offer playlists to stream, but most people just create their own. You can also get a premium subscription to remove ads or you can buy one-day passes to do the same thing on those days where you really just don’t want to hear it.

Get it now on Google Play!

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SirirusXM best radio apps for AndroidSiriusXM

[Price: Free app, $15.99 per month, $19.99 per month, $10.99 per month]
SiriusXM satellite radio was one of the first really big pushes away from the standard AM and FM radio services. It features over 150 channels, including music channels, sports channels, and the venerable Howard Stern show. There are also three subscription models to choose from based on what kind of content you want to listen to. The app is slowly getting better and seems to be stable enough now to be enjoyable. It also helps that it’s cross-platform with many car radios as well.

Get it now on Google Play!

SiriusXM best radio apps for Android

spotify best radio apps for androidSpotify

[Price: Free / $9.99 per month]
Spotify is another music streaming app that has put a larger focus on radio-style streaming over the last couple of years. On top of having genre, mood, and artist-specific stations, Spotify also curates unique lists like “Worldwide top 50” and playlists with new music you specifically haven’t heard yet. The free version gets you pretty much all of the radio features with the $9.99 subscription cost removing advertising and giving you additional features. It’s one of the best out there.

Get it now on Google Play!

Spotify best radio apps for android

TuneIn Radio best radio apps for androidTuneIn Radio

[Price: Free / $7.99 per month]
TuneIn Radio contains a more varied supply of radio stations that includes music of all kinds, sports, comedy, talk radio, news, and many other types of media. The free version comes with over 100,000 stations in total along with several million podcasts. If you go for the premium version, you can also get live NFL, MLB, and Barclays Premiere League games, audiobooks, and the removal of advertising. The price changes based on what region you live in, but it’s an overall fantastic radio service.

Get it now on Google Play!

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Xiialive Internet Radio best radio apps for androidXiiaLive Internet Radio

[Price: Free / $3.99]
XiiaLive Internet Radio is a lesser-known service that includes a bunch of features. On its own, it contains 50,000 live radio stations which should be more than enough for most people. There are also organizational features that let you save your favorite stations. It also includes themes, data management features, and some more power user features like adding your own radio station URL link, an equalizer, and Bluetooth options. The app comes free or paid, but the service is free to use overall.

Get it now on Google Play!

best radio apps for androidYour local radio station

[Price: Varies]
A lot of AM and FM radio stations have gone to the Internet and broadcast both over the radio waves and over the Internet waves. Many of those radio stations have dedicated apps where you can stream their stuff 24/7 and also engage with the radio station in other ways, including social media, giveaway info, podcasts, and whatever other promotions that station may be running. To be perfectly honest, most individual station apps aren’t overly great, but they can be good enough if you just want one radio station without all of the additional stuff added in.

Search it now on Google Play!

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  • Guest

    No Spotify Radio? Like Rdio, it is has an on-demand and a radio option, so I expected to see it on this list.

    • JosephHindy

      Spotify’s radio feature is a side feature, these apps focus entirely on radio-style. We have a whole different app list for apps like spotify :)

  • MarkAQuinlan

    It’s low maintenance so you just turn it on and it goes by itself. It’s great background noise for when you’re working and it’s still among the best ways to discover new music. http://moourl.com/9qlto

  • Mark Rich

    I can’t believe you left BBC iPlayer Radio and RadioPlayer off your list.

    • MadJo

      The BBC Iplayer Radio is only available in the UK. As is RadioPlayer.

  • fredphoesh

    Serious omission is MixZing.
    It is the ONLY app I know that while you listen to any track from a radio station, will pull biographies, wiki search, youtube videos, google search and Lyrics of that same track…
    This makes listening way more immersive, like reading liner notes in the good old days of physical media playing.

  • Cole Raney

    I found one recently called US Illinois radio and it is good. There are other apps for other states with a similar name.

  • Forrest Skaine

    Tune in app is not being hailed to its full potential. This app pulls in almost any AM or FM station that streams and its list is comprehensive in the United States and for the world. I find this to be innovative and no other app comes even close.
    I don’t understand how the review can say it is only geared to talk radio. Some of the radio stations can only stream in low quality such as 32k, especially the talk stations. Adding speaker accessories such as JBL or high quality headphones dramatically improves the frequency range that music provides.
    Whether one is homesick and wants to hear hometown stations, or one is a hobbyist using Tune-In as valuable resource or just simply wishing to hear a different culture, AM and FM radio stations offer more depth and history than internet radio ever could.

    Todd in Minneapolis

    • kevin lin

      I wouldn’t really agree with the homesick part, it’s got country restrictions which really bothers me since i moved out of states,and the current country im in has just about the shittiest radio program in the world

    • marhensa

      TuneIn radio UX is terrible, it is confusing, not at all intuitive.

      • Forrest Skaine

        Since I last wrote this review Tune-in is not so hot. Its fascination with social media has muddied the easy access it once had to radio stations. I figured it out but a beginner to the site will find it not user friendly. Also the number of streaming stations it carries is rapidly decreasing whether its due to stations not wanting Tune-in as their webstream or poor maintenance. Xiaa is an interesting up and coming webstream. My android phone seems to want to link possible webstream from Radio Locator via my xiaa app. I’ve had better success with stations connecting to Xiaa than Tune-in.

    • TuneIn was a great app. Until the update in Oct. 2014. Their changes included a change in permissions that are amazingly intrusive. There’s no need for a radio app to need access to my contacts or my calendar. Nor did I see any options that allow a user to block the app from accessing those phone features. Because they’ve added new features that require additional permissions, they activate those other programs and together they use a great deal more battery power too. It wasn’t worth the upgrade. Not when there are other free apps out there that don’t use the additional permissions.

      • dvdlgh

        I agree. With Marshmallow you can go into Settings>Apps>Permissions and deny permissions you granted when installing that app. I know only 10-15% of phones run M but it’s a perk of owning a Nexus phone. Anyways, I’m going to re-check out some of the other radio apps again and if and what has changed.

        • Vomov

          Look at the date of the post you’re replying to; this wasn’t possible at that time. Also, TuneIn simply breaks if you disable some permissions. And it shouldn’t be like that; TuneIn has no business going through my contacts, accounts, messages sent, application running, etc.

          • dvdlgh

            I was aware of the date of the post and my post was only intended as an update to dealing with permissions that are granted to many apps. My fault for not stating that. I have denied TuneIn permission to access my contacts and TuneIn continues to operate as before. I agree, TuneIn and many other apps want to know too much and there is no reason for it. There are other apps that provide the same services and I can search for one that I can live.

    • amine

      i prefer to stick with a very easy app that respect my privacy and include most of the international streaming radios :

  • Dan

    What the, no slacker radio? That’s better that everything out there

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      Was. It’s library just doesn’t hold water today. I loved it for years before giving up. Great app, if it could just grow its library.

  • Fabian Taveras

    Wow no Spotify? and I was a bit surprised to see that milk music wasn’t there either.

  • eClipse

    I can attest to the simple awesomeness of XIIALive – I basically live in there, being an early adopter, and don’t “get” why services like Pandora or Spotify are a big deal when you can get everything you could possibly want for free via XIIALive.

    For the record it >does< do radio stations if the station has a feed. I'm able to listen to my cities NPR station and local news with no issues whatsoever.

  • breakitdown420

    i listen to a lot of talk radio and surprised Stitcher wasnt on this list

  • BenWaB3

    AccuRadio is another omission. It divides into genres & then those genres divide into sub-genres. There are free & paid versions

  • Albin

    Sky.fm has a companion service JazzRadio.com (same login for both) narrow focused on jazz and blues. Same idea of curated music, ads are very rare and short. Sounds great on desktop outfits with good speakers.

  • Pasquale Villoresi

    Hi all I want to include also this radio app that allows to record https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bestourism.radiofree , it works better on android over 4

  • Flavio Battocchio

    Check WWTuner, the new Android Radio App:

  • Slayer

    Legendary Radio is very succesful application. record stream with high quality MP3 format.your hit songs.I like this features… I recommend it to anyone…

  • Jitendra Trivedi

    Pandora and iHeart are not available in Dubai? Any idea why not?

  • Eddie

    I’m still searching for an OFFLINE radio app that uses my headphones as an antena, like my old Nokia N97 did years ago. Why is it so hard???

    • Anmol

      Spirit FM! ;)

  • I really like the new 1 Radio News app for on-demand and live radio news from around the world. With news often buried in radip apps with tens of thousands of stations, it is nice to get bset in one package. See http://1radionews.com

    BTW … I’m biased because I had the app built because I was tired of all the complicated podcast in apps. I just wanted to press one button and play.

  • home9897

    Is there an app that acts as a filter for fm radio stations. The apt will play songs from fm radio, dj talk between songs, but filter out commercials. This would result in dead air but the app could insert preloaded music to play while the commercials play. Once the music plays from the fm station again the app would go back to the ‘live’ fm station. I notice that when my radio plays the song being played will be displayed, so can this work?

  • Commonsense

    Simple Radio by Streema and rad.io

  • Dewed

    I used to really like TuneIn. But anymore the ads are really getting unbearable. It’s probably to get people to pay $10 to go pro. But not worth it. One thing not mentioned is that TuneIn can also pick up emergency scanners.

  • Adam Hoffmann

    new apps for radio called Cloud Radio is very nice too ! it’s very simple to use too !! should be in this list i think :


  • Hubert

    What about aupeo? It has a good design and rich functions. REALLY reach functions for a free online radio app. Plus, than you’d have a top 10 not a top 9 :).

  • Ines Faro

    I think that some of those apps are too generic, and too overwhelming with features that I don’t even use, and that only make them slower. I have been trying out this one: Radio USA -> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.allaboutradio.radiousa in the past months, as the name says, it’s only for the US, but I believe that the developer has more for each country. It’s just simple and has everything I look for on a radio app, so it does the job for me.

  • amine

    i prefer an app that i found in amazon store, it’s very simple and include all of the international radios in one app :D , you can find it here:


  • Tim Ordman

    CuteRadRec is an app for recording lot of radio stations in the U.S. It is quite easy to use.

  • KC

    Pure Connect is the best radio app

  • Catherine Lufei Wang

    I myself is a busy guy with frequent business trips, always need a podcast app on my Android phone to save favorite episodes such as particular music, audios that I prefer while I am on my way. CastBox APP is the one I am addicted to recently, highly recommended download it from google play.

  • Chao Wang

    CastBox is an APP mainly about podcast for Android devices. Here to discover and subscribe 220,000+ podcast content. Listen to 16,000+ radio stations for free. It offers podcasts and Radio from 30+ countries & languages. Control playing from multiple widgets and notification bar seems rather convenient for finger movements. it enables you to choose to download new episodes such as free music, audio books automatically when they become available

  • Chao Wang

    It is always good time to listen to music through podcast on the way back home or the way to work in the morning. As the your brain is fresh in the morning to better accept new knowledge, it would be like to switch the mode of your brain when you start to learn second language after finish the daytime work. Recommend download CastBox APP from Google Play.

  • Dave

    Deezer… that’s all.

  • SaRPeR

    Where is Deezer ?

  • Cortney

    You should try out AccuRadio. It’s a lot like Pandora, but you get unlimited skips and less ads. Plus, it’s completely free to download through the Apple Store and there’s a ban feature which allows you to ban artists and songs from playlists.

  • David Fear

    “Radioplayer – Free UK Radio” is the best. Set it to autoplay on start and you can have radio playing in under 6 seconds.