Posted December 2nd, 2008 | 17 Comments
** Important update 2011 **
Since writing this article several new radio apps have appeared for iPhone & iPad. Whilst WunderRadio is still a great app, my current recommendation is TuneIn Radio.
– Original article –
Wunder Radio allows you to listen to literally thousands of radio stations from your iPhone.
I came across this Wunderful (sorry) app when the battery in my DAB radio died whilst I was out, I wondered whether it was possible to listen to the live streams from BBC Radio via Safari on the iPhone. Which of course it isn’t as they are streaming Real Media and we can’t install Real Player on our iPhones (which can only really be a good thing!)
App Store To The Rescue
So the next place I looked was of course the App Store where I found a variety of apps claiming to do what I required. There were many free apps but they either didn’t work at all or were very fiddly and difficult to use. Also many of them didn’t contain BBC Radio Five Live which is one of the main stations I want to be able to access.
Wunder Radio Just Works
Wunder Radio is different. It really ‘just works’. It’s got thousands of radio stations available – both national & local from every corner of the globe and everyone I tried worked perfectly. The app itself has a simple, easy to use, traditional iPhone interface.
It lets you search for specific radio stations, browse by location (country/city) or genre (Sports, Talk, Music etc…) or even find local radio stations based on your current GPS position.
Fast & Reliable
I’ve tested WunderRadio with all national BBC Radio stations as well as TalkSport, XFM and a number of my local radio stations and i’ve hugely impressed with the results. Over Wi-Fi & 3G the quality is perfect, with Edge there were a couple of random ‘re-buffering’ moments but nothing too serious, it was still perfectly acceptable and certainly beats carrying a radio around at all times.
After the usefulness of turning my iPhone into a replacement radio, I also had lots of fun listening to local radio stations from such places as New York, Florida & Mexico.