How to Listen to the Radio on an Android Phone

Although they’re not broadcast radio stations, some sources on the Internet —Internet radio sites — play music. Lamentably, your Android phone doesn’t come with any Internet radio apps, but that doesn’t stop you from finding a few good ones at the Google Play Store. Two recommended free services are

  • TuneIn Radio

  • Pandora Radio

The TuneIn Radio app gives you access to hundreds of Internet radio stations broadcasting around the world. They’re organized by category, so you can find just about whatever you want. Many of the radio stations are also broadcast radio stations, so odds are good that you can find a local station or two, which you can listen to on your phone.

Pandora Radio lets you select music based on your mood and then customizes, according to your feedback, the tunes you listen to. The app works like the Pandora Internet site, in case you’re familiar with it. The nifty thing about Pandora is that the more you listen, the better the app gets at finding music you like.

These apps are available at the Google Play Store. They’re free, though paid versions might also be available.

  • Some phones may feature FM radio apps. These apps magically pull radio signals from the air and put them into your ear. The phone’s radio hardware requires that a headset be plugged in for the app to work.

  • It’s best to listen to Internet radio when your phone is connected to the Internet via a Wi-Fi connection. Streaming music can use a lot of your cellular data plan’s data allotment.

  • Internet music of the type delivered by the apps mentioned in this section is referred to by the nerds as streaming music. That’s because the music arrives on your phone as a continuous download from the source. Unlike music you download and save, streaming music is played as it comes in and not stored long-term.

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