I listen to non-fictional audiobooks usually when I’m out of the house and not music which most other smartphone owners seem to prefer.
That’s the main reason why I don’t stream music, be it from a service such as Google Play or Internet Radio, to the device as well.
If you have different preferences, you may find Audials for Android interesting. The application makes available more than 63.000 radio stations from all over the world that you can tune in right away and even record to your device.
How it works? It could not be simpler. You install the app, start it, pick a station, and it plays right away. If you want to record, you hit that button in the interface and that is that.
Stations are sorted by genre, top40, smooth jazz or rock for example which leads to a list of stations sorted by country. Each station is listed with its name and either the song that is currently playing or general information about the genres it favors.
A search is provided as well which you can use to find a particular station of interest. What’s interesting here is that you can search for song titles or artists as well.
The selected radio station plays in the foreground and background, and the app remains responsive no matter what you do.
You can easily browse all available stations while a station is playing and the music is being recorded in the background as well.
Songs that have been recorded are displayed in the interface giving you options to play them again locally at any time.
Recorded songs are saved to the a subdirectory of the music folder named after the station it was recorded of which means that all recordings are available to be played in other music players as well.
The frontpage of the app lists the radio stations that you played last time and your recordings so that you can tune in right away again or play locally stored songs from there directly.
You find plenty of options to customize and configure the application to your liking. You can set minimum and maximum desired bitrates for example, enable the play only with WiFi option, or use the built-in sleep timer to stop playback after a certain amount of time.
There is also an option to add radio stations manually to the application. While it is unlikely that the database it ships with misses many, you can use the feature to add your favorite station to the app if it is not supported by default.
Another interesting feature is support for airplay receivers and Chromecast, so that you can use it to stream music to another device using those products.
Audials is a well designed application for Android that offers the total package. Its support for stations is massive, it enables you to record stations to save songs to your device, supports airplay, and is very responsive in all of that.
If you are looking for a radio app for Android, this should be at the top of your list.
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