TuneIn: Traditional Radio Online
TuneIn is perfect for people that like old-style radio stations. Listeners can enjoy programs from all over the world.
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Tunein is the internet’s first real response to traditional radio. While Pandora, iTune’s radio, and other copycats offer automatic, self generating playlists based on the user’s perceived likes, dislikes, and interests, TuneIn is a place where any number of people can listen to one station whose songs are chosen not by the user but, like its antennae-clad analog, by the DJs running the station themselves. It goes without saying that most people don’t carry around FM radios anymore unless they are driving in a car, but nearly the entire population of the western world does have access to the internet. Some people love traditional radio, which is where TuneIn gets all of its charm. By teaming up with radio stations (both digital and analog) from all over the world, TuneIn is able to offer its users access to over 70 000 unique radio stations (based out of anywhere from the United States to Mali) and more than 2 000 000 (that’s two million) podcasts that it’s users can listen to whenever they would like to do so. The website is easy to use. All users have to do is click on whatever station or podcast they’d like to hear (such as “Top 40 country”), sit back, and enjoy the music. Users have the option of signing up or downloading their mobile app, free of charge, but even non-registered guests can use all of TuneIn’s services right from the get-go. This being said, there seems to be some bugs on the site. Accessing the English site in France, for example, causes nearly every single link to come back with a message saying “Sorry, no content found on this playlist”. This is, most likely, an issue related to localization or perhaps copyright, but TuneIn doesn’t offer an explanation for this confusing bug. However, TuneIn seems to be worth a shot for anyone that loved the old days of traditional radio. If that describes you, give it a go!