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The Radio

By Giles Chanot

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Previous Reviews:

Beautiful - ★★★★★
This is the best app I have ever used. It looks beautiful, works seamlessly, sounds great…it's a work of art, really. Bravo!

Excellent - ★★★★★
The only radio app you'll need.

A great radio! - ★★★★★
I don't give out 5 stars usually, but this App deserves it. It's simple, does what it says, and the sound quality is very impressive :) Thumbs up!

Five start app - ★★★★★
First free radio app to have Chill radio on it works perfectly

Radio excellence - ★★★★★
A must have. Works fine on wifi and 3G, can you add Talk Sport please.

Great! - ★★★★★
At last! Thank you! Why Apple didn't include this as standard I don't know!


Important: if The Radio crashes after you update, please delete and reinstall. If leaving a review related to a crash, please indicate which device and version of iOS you are using to help us resolve the problem.

The Radio does one thing, and does it well... live streaming of over 300 of the UK's most popular radio stations, including Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Heart, Magic, Planet Rock, Classic FM, Jazz FM, Talk Sport, Absolute Radio and many more.

Recently added features:

- Universal app with optimised iPad support
- Automatically selects best streams available for 3G or WiFi
- Much faster loading of the most popular stations
- Change background (choose from 25 beautiful HD images)
- AirPlay support (please ensure you have updated your device to the latest iOS version)

Note: to view complete list of stations, to change background image or to change any other settings, click the "i" icon.

The Radio really is the best iOS app for the stations you actually want. Please leave a review if you wish to request a new station.


- A beautiful, intuitive and minimalist user interface
- Rock solid streaming over both WiFi and 3G with automatic stream selection
- High quality 128kbps stereo where available
- Background streaming on supported devices
- Sleep feature
- Alarm Clock: wake up to your favourite radio station (e.g. Today Programme)
- Favourites: keep The Radio experience as minimalist and streamlined as possible

When using alarm clock feature, it is advisable to leave your device on charge.

Please check your data allowances if using The Radio over 3G.

What's New in Version 1.8

- Universal app, iPad support
- Automatically optimises data usage for WiFi/3G
- Much faster loading of the most popular stations
- iOS 5 support

Important: before updating, please ensure your device has the latest version of iOS by connecting it to your computer and going into iTunes.


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Customer Reviews

Works reliably but could be improved

Having read others' reviews I uninstalled the previous version from my iPad 2 before installing v1.8. It seems reliable.

I think there are several things that could be improved. A main view with more than 9, smaller icons would be nice. The full station list view could include small icons and the ability to tune as opposed to just picking favourite stations for the main view. Presumably some "Now playing" programme info could be displayed for stations that provide it.

The description of the Pro Radio version doesn't suggest that it includes these features either, so I haven't bothered to upgrade from the free version. I don't need the alarm clock function.


It works just like the DAB radio at home. I dont get all the 1star rating's. Tried a few before this and they would buffer alot. Not this one though, yesterday walked down to tesco's with TuneInRadio. It kept buffering all the time. More buffering than radio. Lot's of good review's for it but since the upgrade not working well and many 1 star rating's. Well this is not up dated and work's brilliantly so for now this is brilliant radio and it's free. What's the harm. Probably need to just take it off your iphone and reupload it as it work's well unless you just enjoy giving 1 star rating's for nothing...

Much Greater Range of Stations than FM & DAB

It's good to be able to listen to local stations of areas I used to live. Although this app sounds great, I would be grateful if I was able to upgrade to your 'Pro Radio' paid edition on my '2nd gen iPod touch' which can't go higher than iOS 4.2. Even a previous version of the paid app would be fine if it were made available in the store. I should be getting an iPhone in the near future but for now it remains to be the old 2nd gen touch.

The Radio
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated: 29 July 2011
  • Version: 1.8
  • Size: 23.6 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer: Giles Chanot

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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