PCRADIO Internet Radio app that works with low speed Internet

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 5, 2019
Google Android, Music and Video

Mobile users have several options when it comes to listening to Internet Radio on their devices. Some like to stream directly from the Radio station's website, others prefer music apps with radio support to do so.

Most radio apps work well when you have a fast-enough Internet connection but most fail when you don't. Failing does not necessarily mean that you cannot play the stream at all, but that you may experience buffering issues and other interruptions.

The default stream quality, 128 Kbit/s, uses quiet a bit of data already; a single hour of playback requires about 50 to 60 Megabytes of data. If you play music for two hours per day, you end up with up to 3600 Megabytes of data just for the streaming.

That's exactly the situation where Radio Online - PCRADIO comes into play as it was designed specifically for low speed Internet situations (think car, subway or train ride, workplace with bad Internet connectivity..).

The service converts the radio stream to the data efficient AAC+ audio format using custom servers. Doing so reduces the required transfer rate to play the Internet Radio stream without buffering interruptions and reduces the data that playback uses significantly.

A quick test using the Android version of PCRADIO resulted in savings of about 60% when compared to the default stream of tested radio stations. The data requirement per hour of playback drops to less than 20 Megabytes per hour when you use the application.

You may also benefit from uninterrupted playback as the less demanding stream tends to work better because of the lower requirement.

PCRADIO Internet Radio

pcradio low speed internet stream

The free (with ads) or paid application has been designed to work well even in low speed environments thanks to the use of AAC+. The free version provides access to most features but it comes with advertisement in the main interface. The premium version costs €6,49 per year on Android; it removes ads and adds two additional stream quality, high quality, and low quality, to the mix.

Free users are set to medium quality, about 32 Kbit/s, automatically with no option to change the quality in the free version.

The radio app displays a list of radio stations on start. The list displays recommended stations from around the world by default. A tap on a station starts playback immediately.PCRADIO displays the artist and song name in the interface when playback starts. Options to copy the information to the clipboard and to run searches on Google or YouTube are provided as well.

You can add a station to the favorites for quick access, and tap on the information icon next to a station to display a description (if available).

A search is available to find radio stations, e.g. by name, a tap on the globe icon opens the country filter to display only stations from the selected country. The app features an equalizer that you need to activate before you may use it.

PCRADIO offers a good selection of stations but you may miss some of your favorites. The app offers no option to add custom streams to the list of radio stations, and it would not make a whole lot of sense either considering that you would not benefit from the reduced bandwidth requirements if you'd be able to do that.

You can contact the developers of the app to request support for new stations. The support email address is listed on the application's Google Play store page.

Closing Words

If you like to listen to Internet Radio while on the go on your Android or iOS devices but run into streaming issues regularly or even only occasionally, you may want to try Radio Online - PCRADIO to find out if it resolves the issue for you.

The audio quality is acceptable; users who cannot stream Internet Radio using regular streams may prefer it regardless of the quality.

Now You: do you listen to Internet Radio regularly?

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  1. Yuliya said on March 6, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    On my phone I use Radiogram. Free, no ads.. But for local stations I use its FM receiver. Consumes les power, and, obviously, no data.

  2. Stan said on March 6, 2019 at 2:32 am

    FWIW why not simply ‘unlock’ the FM tuner in your Android phone, my Moto G6 came with an App that turns the phone into an FM radio, earbud wires act as the aerial.
    Local music that’s not hogging data, works great.

    1. Jojo said on March 6, 2019 at 7:27 pm

      @Stan – Because there is a very limited range with FM and you choice of stations is also very limited. Using a ‘radio’ app gives you access to stations all over the world.

    2. John Fenderson said on March 6, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      @Stan: “FWIW why not simply ‘unlock’ the FM tuner in your Android phone”

      If your phone has one. A large number of them don’t.

  3. Anonymous said on March 6, 2019 at 1:43 am

    I am using “dRoidio Internet Radio Online”. It’s lightweight, simple, free, and has no ads. It supports the majority of radio stations (over 50.000 worldwide). It also supports a list of favourite stations.

  4. jack said on March 5, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Russian rubbish app

  5. John Fenderson said on March 5, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    “do you listen to Internet Radio regularly?”

    I don’t listen to it at all, but it’s interesting to keep abreast of what’s happening in that space. Thanks!

  6. Peter said on March 5, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    So basically a clone of radio droid with ads. Do yourself a favor and get radio droid instead. it’s ad-free ui for http://www.radio-browser.info – so if you can’t find your favorite station, you can add it yourself.

    1. Jojo said on March 5, 2019 at 10:25 pm

      Hey thanks for RadioDroid pointer! Installed and been playing with it for the last 90 minutes.

      Liking it but the UI is kinda of funky. Doesn’t seem to be any sort of login, so worried that all the favorites I just searched and added could go POOF if I change phones or have to rebuild. Am I missing something?

      I tried adding a favorite station to the radio-browser.info list. I tested the stream first and made sure all info was correct but after adding, it came up marked as “Broken”??? I sent a note to Alex but have no idea if he reads or answers emails.

      1. Peter said on March 6, 2019 at 1:57 pm

        You can bookmark your favorite stations with the star-marker and use settings to make your bookmark list is your startup tab. You can also use settings to hide broken stations. Thing is with radiodroid, that YOU submit stations at http://www.radio-browser.info. The developer manages the app, but the community manages the streams.

      2. Jojo said on March 6, 2019 at 7:41 pm

        @Peter – Yes, discovered the star function. My concern is that I want my favorites saved somehow, whether via creating an account that they get saved under or offering an export/import function.

        I don’t understand “the community manages the streams”. How does that help get the problem station added so I can listen to it? What do I have to do to get it reviewed or whatever?

        btw: the station is ‘doowop cafe’, an oldies station out of Winterland, FL that has been around since I think 1998 or so. I don’t know if you can see it via this rather strange URL, but it is still showing as having a ‘broken stream’, which it DOES NOT.


    2. jccalhoun said on March 5, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks. I hadn’t ran across this site before. It has a link to an iheartradio station that changed their stream to make me use their terrible app. Now I can use my own streaming app.

  7. blissfulevent said on March 5, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Automatic turn off when I see that top-left Google tracking corner ad.

    1. Harro Glööckler said on March 5, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      Adblock ftw (i recommend pihole)…or root + remove the app’s ads directly with Lucky Patcher

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