Spotify might be the top player when we speak of best radio apps for iPhone but needless to say, it’s not the only radio app built for the iPhone. In fact, as it turns out, there are plenty of radio apps out there on the App Store.

But then, not every app is actually as good as Spotify or Pandora. That’s where “you get what you pay for” comes into question. But if your primary search is for good iPhone radio apps and you are not intent on paying a hefty monthly fee for apps like Spotify, you should take a look at this list.

Best Radio Apps for iPhone and iPad

Here is The List of Best iPhone/iPad Radio Apps:

#1. Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio App for iPhone and iPad IconOne could venture so far out as to say that Slacker Radio is a perfect alternative for all the popular radio apps. Slacker Radio brings a huge collection of streaming music. It markets itself as handcrafted radio from passionate music experts and it lives up to the name.

From the app store description:

  • Hundreds of handcrafted stations that adapt to your tastes.
  • The perfect music for any moment with hundreds of activity-based stations (only available on iOS 7 for iPhone).
  • Customizable news, sports, talk and weather from ABC, ESPN, American Public Media and The Weather Channel.

Price: Free
Download Slacker Radio

#2. iHeart Radio

iHeartRadio iPhone App IconDeclared as “the best streaming radio app” by CNET, iHeart Radio stands as one of the coolest, most popular and “free”-est radio app for iOS. It has a huge collection with tons of customizable features that make the radio truly yours. iHeart Radio lets you create custom stations for easy access to your favorite music, anytime, anywhere.

From the description:

  • The best of LIVE INTERNET RADIO: Pop, country, hip-hop and R&B, rock, talk, news, sports & more.
  • Create CUSTOM MUSIC stations: Over 16 million songs from 400,000 artists.
  • PERFECT FOR: Playlists for working, driving, working out & hundreds more activities.
  • TALK: On-demand episodes from great names in news, sports, finance, comedy & entertainment.

Price: Free
Download iHeart Radio

#3. TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio iPhone App IconAt last count, 100,000 stations and 2 million podcasts. If that wasn’t enough of an introduction, TuneIn Radio features the best interface amongst all the radio apps listed here. Since it integrates with TuneIn.com, you can control your stuff from anywhere.

Price: Free
Download TuneIn Radio

#4. Songza

Songza iPhone App IconSongza isn’t exactly a radio app but it is a curated collection of thousands of songs for a specific mood on a specific day. Updated recently, Songza has a fantastic interface, wonderful collection of songs for some really interesting moods and time – and above all, not to forget, it’s all free. There are no limits whatsoever except that to remove ads and commercials in songs, you might have to subscribe to Club Songza.

From the description:

  • Stream thousands of original playlists handmade by music experts.
  • Let Songza’s ‘Music Concierge’ find the right music for your moments.
  • Browse a curated playlist library organized by activity, genre, decade, & mood.
  • High-Quality Audio powered by Audyssey improves headphone sound without increasing data plan usage.

Price: Free
Download Songza

#5. Jango Radio Mobile

Jango iPhone and iPad App IconIf you’re looking for the simplest radio station which comes with two important things: auto-suggested stations and a large music collection, Jango could be the best app ever. Jango Radio Mobile is audio-ad-free, comes with some really cool auto-playlist/station generation via your favorites, and share options.

From the description:

  • Create custom radio stations with the artists you love.
  • Tune in to 100’s of expertly curated stations in dozens of genres, from Dance and World Music to Holiday compilations and hits by decade.
  • Fine-tune your stations by adding the artists you want to hear or changing the variety setting.

Price: Free
Download Jango

#6. 8Tracks Radio

8tracks Radio iPhone App Icon8Tracks is one of the coolest internet radios I’ve used. The iPhone app is a gateway to your 8Tracks online account. As is the case with most popular internet radios, 8Track has a cool collection, a really wonderful interface and great ways to discover new music.

From the description:

  • Free
  • No audio ads
  • No listening limit
  • Less repetition
  • Deep selections (something for every genre, mood and activity)
  • Unmatched music discovery

Price: Free
Download 8Tracks

#7. RadiON Free

RadiON iPhone App IconFormerly known as the Radio Alarm, RadiON is an amazing piece of software for internet radio on your iPhone. It’s a classic-meets-modern app where you have this huge library of radio stations, a clear philosophy about how you access the music and a very clear interface that makes it very easy to pick the right station, right artist or right album almost instantly. It’s one of the very few “global” radio apps with an enormous collection of radio stations.

From the description:

  • Scrap Feature: Stop writing down the music information while your favorite music is playing. With RadiON’s newest Scrap Feature, you can scrap the music information while song is playing on radio channels. Title/Singer/Radio Channel/Dates are saved as scrap feature.
  • Real-time Channel Information : You can see which song is playing on certain channel.
  • Enjoy Worldwide Radio channels with RadiON! Now enjoy 50,000 SHOUTcast radio channels with beautiful classic radio, RadiON.
  • Alarm feature. Shake to turn off the alarm.

Price: Free
Download RadiON

#8. Live365 Radio

Live365 Radio iPhone and iPad IconLive365 isn’t exactly a totally free solution or alternative but it is a good source of internet radio stations. With over 260 genres of music and thousands of stations streaming live radio, you can actually find quite a lot here. The thing about Live365 Radio is that unlike other apps, this one streams radio content from indie publishers too which brings you to a whole new world of radio broadcasts.

Price: Free
Download Live365

#9. iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio iPhone App IconFinally, Apple’s very own iTunes Radio has quite a collection of music. The only limitation is that it is still unavailable in countries outside U.S (and in some cases, Canada). iTunes Radio is built right into the Music app so there is no separate download. iTunes Radio requires a subscription (same as iTunes Match) if you want to hear ad-free music.

Listen iTunes Radio

#10. Pandora

Pandora Radio iPhone App IconPandora is obviously the closest competitor to Spotify today. An iPad version was also released recently. Pandora needs no introduction as it’s one of the coolest radio apps and services out there. The best thing about Pandora is its simple, no-nonsense interface. The only rub is that it’s a free app but comes with monthly subscription. You get what you pay for: the collection is awesome.

Price: Free
Download Pandora

  • http://www.stifada.com/ You Need

    Please Do you know about any app that won’t need connection i’m talking about the old radios which you can get them with earphones

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      No there aren’t any apps for this one. The iPhone needs to come with an AM/FM receiver for that (which it never will, imo).

      • http://www.stifada.com/ You Need

        Thank You For Your time
        I hope Apple Think about that it’s not big deal
        Regards Moderator