The Must Have Internet Radio iPhone App: AccuRadio

There have been lots of Internet radio apps for the iPhone. We’ve covered: FlyCast, CBC Radio, Slacker Radio, and Astral Radio to name a few. These apps are great, but there’s one Internet radio app that has reigned supreme: AccuRadio. This gem is free, requires no sign up, has tonnes of genres, and offer unlimited skips, plays in background on iOS 4, and can be streamed to your car via Bluetooth. Win.

AccuRadio is a new FREE Internet radio app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad that features HUNDREDS of great-sounding, well-programmed music channels — rock, pop, jazz, country, bluegrass, Broadway, reggae, classical music, and more — that you can CUSTOMIZE to your tastes. Now with a new user interface for the iPad!

AccuRadio gets you started with an easy-to-use, click-and-listen interface. Then, once you’ve launched your desired channel, AccuRadio’s unique personalization approach lets you customize the artists you’ll hear via a simple on/off switch.

Also, AccuRadio features unlimited skips… And it’s 100% free!

Stream AccuRadio in your car and you’ll have access to almost ten times as many music channels as satellite radio offers, you’ll gain the ability to skip songs and customize your stream, and you’ll have no monthly subscription fees.

Genres available:
* Magic Sunny Lite Mix (adult-contemporary)
* Future Perfect Radio (indie rock)
* Reggae Wonderland
* AccuJazz (mainstream/modern jazz)
* Smooth Jazz
* Hey, Hey, We’re the Sixties (oldies)
* Swingin’ Pop Standards
* And more!

New since version 1.4:

* iOS4 Compatibility
* AccuRadio will now play in the background, on devices that support background apps!
* Lock-screen controls can control AccuRadio on iOS4 devices

I discovered AccuRadio when I noticed my friend Danny was streaming audio to his GTI via Bluetooth from his iPhone. I asked what app he was using and he said AccuRadio. The quality over Bluetooth and 3G was excellent. Unlimited skips, album art, amazing genre mixes and more make for the best free Internet radio app you can get. There are over 480 customizable music channels, plus you can add favourites.

AccuRadio runs in the background on iOS 4 devices, plus you can control it from you lockscreen/multitasking bar, just like controlling the iPod app. I’ve heard songs on AccuRadio stations that I haven’t heard in years. You can enable higher quality audio, and even prevent Auto Lock from turning off your screen. There are toggles to turn on/off specific artists, and you can ‘ban’ artists from playing as the songs appear.

There are commercials, but they are short one liners. You won’t even notice them. For music fans, AccuRadio will satisfy your needs. This app will bring new life to your iDevice speaker dock.

Click here to download AccuRadio and let me know what you think.

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  • Anonymous

    whats the point when you have a phone that can play your own playlists.. :S
    and this is coming from someone who works in rado

  • Weebsurfer

    “Ban Artist”? SOLD! Bieber free is the radio for me!!!! 🙂

  • RJC

    Top radio app for me is TuneIn Radio. Nothing else comes even close!

  • RJC

    Actually, forgot to say that Pandora is another great radio app I use. So, there are these two on the top of the list for me: TuneIn Radio and Pandora.

  • Mikey

    I don’t think you can get Pandora in the Canada itune store. Can you?

  • RJC

    Nope, you cannot. I got it in US store.

  • Jesshaze

    But how do you get around the fact you aren’t in the US to actually listen? I tried it once via proxy on home PC… so I have the account. When signing in through iphone though, it states not available in my country.

  • Anonymous

    One feature missing: the possibility to add custom feeds.

  • Brian

    Considering that radio didn’t disappear upon the creation of portable car audio, a lot of people see a point. Also, not everybody downloads illegal music. It’d be pretty damn expensive to buy all the music you wanted to hear from the iTunes store, not to mention having to go through every song and band to hear some 30 (or 90) second clips of bands you mightn’t have heard.

    Oh I’m sorry… did you mean there’s no point for YOU to listen to radio? Because it sounded like you you were projecting your preferences onto the entire iPhone owning community.

  • Bui

    Wow great app, I love it, Everytime I hear smt I like, I’ll just screen shot it and download it, it even works in my car with my dice kit, controls thru steering wheel!

    Thanks for this post !

  • Anonymous

    I had it too but had same problem about not being in US. ^ Either lives in US or got called out!

  • RJC

    It seems that posting links here has to be approved. So here it is in a non-link format:

    hotspotshield dot com slash clientless slash iphone

  • RJC

    And if you wonder how to get an iTunes account in another country, say USA so that you can download Pandora, here is the site with instructions, again in a non-link format:

    techwiredau dot com slash 2008 slash 09 slash grab-a-free-itunes-account-for-any-country

  • RJC

    BTW, Hotspot Shield can also be installed on Mac and Windows computers, in case one wants to watch Hulu or visit other “US only” sites 🙂

  • Anonymous

    tl;dr

  • I d/l and tried the app today. I listen to a lot of Christian music. I liked the fact that the app had a good number of Christian music channels from which to choose.

    But the Christian “New Releases” channel was all music from 2008 with a smattering of songs released in 2009. The Christian “Hits” channel was songs from 1992 to 2006.

    That was extremely disappointing.

    The functionality of the app is tremendous, but the content for my music tastes was sadly lacking.

  • I d/l and tried the app today. I listen to a lot of Christian music. I liked the fact that the app had a good number of Christian music channels from which to choose.

    But the Christian “New Releases” channel was all music from 2008 with a smattering of songs released in 2009. The Christian “Hits” channel was songs from 1992 to 2006.

    That was extremely disappointing.

    The functionality of the app is tremendous, but the content for my music tastes was sadly lacking.

  • For music discovery?

  • For music discovery?

  • For music discovery?

  • Jesshaze

    Thanks a lot bud!

  • This app is amazing. LOVE IT!

  • Jesshaze

    It works, though not perfectly… I configured HS and got Pandora running well, but the vpn shuts down automatically after only a few minutes.

  • Calgary

    its a nice free app
    but i like tunein radio Way better (you can add customize url streams)

  • Anonymous

    Does look pretty interesting… Good find

  • Craig

    I decided to try out this app as I have been using Hi-Def Radio…

    The quality on this AccuRadio BLOWS. (for a lack of a better term)

    Very tinny, just all around poor quality.
    Hi-Def Radio is also free and is 10,000 times better audio.

    I will admit it’s nice with AccuRadio to have the artist info displayed, but that doesn’t make up for the sound, in my opinion.

    Thank you for your time.
    😉

  • Dom

    Awesome radio app! Thanks! 🙂

  • Ytee

    Wow. This is 1 sweet music app. I doesn’t get any better

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for this!

  • Anonymous

    Radio is the stone age. Cya

  • Sirry06

    I have AccuRadio on my iPhone but it always stops playing after i leave it and go to my dock, how do i make it play in the background while im doing other things on my iPhone?