Windows Phone 7 App of the Week: TuneIn Radio

Maximum PC Staff

Digital versions of traditional analog media have revolutionized the way we consume content. Whether it is e-books, mp3s, or HDTV; digital media has become the norm. The increase in bandwidth across traditional broadband as well as cellular networks has increased the availability of streaming content dramatically. Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Pandora are the heavy hitters when it comes to streaming media but the technology is also a perfect fit for smaller content providers such as local radio stations.

TuneIn Radio is an app that makes thousands of Internet Radio streams available to your Windows Phone. Available stations are categorized by music genre or station content, and TuneIn also allows for you to search for stations based on your location. Local stations broadcasting an FM signal can be accessed using your phone's FM radio, thus minimizing your data consumption. As an added bonus, TuneIn Radio provides streaming access to a host of podcasts and other content through its catalog.

Our one knock on TuneIn Radio for Windows Phone is the fact that it doesn't run under the lock screen by default, this requires a visit to the settings page. We're looking forward to the Mango update for Windows Phone, which will allow third party applications to play music while inactive.

TuneIn Radio is available as a free download from the Windows Marketplace.

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