Top 9 iPhone Radio Apps

Get Great Music and Talk Radio on Your iPhone

Having thousands of songs you love with you at all times is one of the great things about owning an iPhone. But sometimes you want some variety, want to discover something new, or don't want music at all, instead preferring news or sports. In those situations, what you need are iPhone radio apps. Here's a guide to 9 great radio apps that will keep you engaged and enjoying your listening time.

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iHeartRadio

screenshot of iHeartradio app

Free, with in-app purchases

iHeartRadio gives you free access to thousands of live AM and FM radio stations from across the country and the world. With so many stations to choose from, you'll be able to find most any kinds of music or other content, from rock to Christian, from news to sports to weather.

Beyond radio, iHeartRadio offers up curated playlists, podcasts, and the ability to create your own Pandora-style station based around an artist.

In-app purchases unlock iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access, which let you pick the songs you want to hear, save and replay radio, skip songs, and listen offline.

Also includes:

  • Apple Watch app
  • CarPlay app
  • iMessage app
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Jazz Radio!

screenshot of Jazz Radio! app

Free, with in-app purchases

Looking for a strong selection of jazz radio stations? Look no further than Jazz Radio! This app delivers 35 channels of different styles of jazz, including Smooth Jazz, Bebop, Vocals, Swing, and Big Band. Each channel is programmed by an aficionado of that style. You can also save favorite channels for easy access and set a sleep timer so that the app goes to sleep after you do.

The paid Premium tier removes ads, improves sound quality, unlocks the ability to play Jazz Radio on other hardware, and even grants access to sister apps for Classical and Rock music.

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myTuner

screenshot of myTuner app

Free, with in-app purchases

myTuner offers a huge selection of live radio streams: over 50,000 stations in over 200 countries worldwide. Needless to say, you should be able to find virtually anything you're looking for here, from all kinds of music to news and talk and sports. Beyond radio, myTuner includes a library of over 1 million podcasts.

The paid upgrade tier provides music EQ features to tune playback to sound best to you and removes ads from the app (though not from the music streams).

Also includes:

  • Apple Watch app
  • CarPlay app
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NPR

screenshot of NPR News app

Free

If you need the latest news, or to catch up on any number of NPR's popular shows and podcasts, this free app is for you. In addition to being able to read news stories, the NPR app offers live streams of shows like All Things Considered and Fresh Air, previous segments from the shows, and live streams from member stations across the country.

Additional features include the ability to listen to your local member station no matter where you are in the world and to get breaking news alerts.

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Pandora

screenshot of Pandora app

Free, with in-app purchases

Pandora allows you to create your own customized radio stations and fine tune them to be just what you want. Start with an artist you like and branch out into similar music from there, based on your feedback and Pandora's huge database of likes and dislikes from users like you. Add other artists and your rating for songs to improve your stations and to discover new music.

Pandora also offers a library of popular podcasts and attempts to apply its music-recommendation smarts to helping you find podcasts.

The paid Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium tiers let you create custom playlists, download music for offline listening, provide unlimited skips, improve audio quality, remove ads, and more.

Also includes:

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Sirius XM Premium Online

screenshot of Sirius XM app

Free

This app may be free, but that doesn't mean there's no cost. To use it, you need a subscription to the SiriusXM satellite radio service. But if you've got one, this free app lets you bring SiriusXM's 120+ channels of music, talk, sports, and comedy with you on the go.

The app provides live access to SiriusXM, as well as the ability to listen to past programs. The app also pays attention to what you listen to and suggests other programs and channels based on your interests. Favorite programs and channels for easy access.

Also includes:

  • CarPlay app
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Slacker

screenshot of Slacker Radio app

Free, with in-app purchases

Slacker offers a Pandora-style create-your-own station feature, but goes well beyond that, too. Besides those custom stations, it offers pre-made stations, a regular schedule of programs with lively hosts, news and sports content, and the ability to pick the songs you listen to.

The paid Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium tiers unlock features including increased audio quality, unlimited song skips, the removal of apps, and the ability to download songs to listen to offline.

Also includes:

  • CarPlay app
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This American Life

screenshot of This American Life app

US$2.99

  • The app from long-running hit public radio show and podcast This American Life lets you stream every previous episode of the series (over 600!) for free. You can download songs for offline listening, mark episodes as having been listened to, and bookmark episodes for future listening. The full archive can be browsed and the search feature lets you find episodes by topic, contributor, and year.
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TuneIn Radio

screenshot of TuneIn app

Free, with in-app purchases

TuneIn delivers over 10,000 live AM and FM radio streams from stations around the world, but it does more than that, too. It's packed with talk radio, podcasts, news, and sports, including Major League Baseball, college sports, NBA and NHL playoffs, and the Super Bowl.

The paid TuneIn Premium service adds every game from major sports leagues, curated and commercial-free radio stations, the removal of ads from news channels, and podcasts.

Also includes:

  • Apple Watch app
  • CarPlay app