Life without music is incomplete. So is a smartphone without a radio player. If you haven't picked up a free radio player as yet, its time you gave Audials Radio a shot. This radio player stands out not only for providing access to over 63,000 music stations from around the world but also for the fact that it lets you record tunes that are playing so you can listen to them later on, in offline mode.
Audials Radio Android App Review
Audials Radio app is free to download from the Play Store. When you open up the app in the first instance, you will be required to wait for a few minutes while it updates the database.
When the update is complete, you’ll see a few radio stations displayed on the Home Page. There are also a couple of sections, Genres where you can dive into to pick the sort of music you like to listen to and Recordings, where your music recordings are stored.
Once you’ve selected the desired radio station you can instantly start enjoying the songs. A record button on the page lets you automatically record the song that's playing in the background.
The recording will be done in the background and won’t hamper your listening. But I noticed that the app tended to keep on recording the songs continually so you’ll have to make sure you stop the recording after the particular song is done.
As far as the genres go, there is a wide variety to choose from: the 60’s to the 90’s and from Acid Jazz to Wave music. Once you select a genre, you can also search within that genre by country. I happened to notice that the app even featured a station from Sao Tome and Principe, wherever that is!
When you hit the radio button on the Home Page, you can find the Search button where you can search for a particular station or artist using keywords.
The radio station plays the songs in the background even when you have moved away from that page, which is a pretty sensible feature to have. I also like the fact that the app is highly responsive and doesn’t lag even while I’ve moved away from the screen and am searching for another station.
All recorded songs are stored in the subdirectory of the music folder and it is named according to its station. You don’t have to go searching for the recordings all over the place, its right there on the Home Page itself.
Audials Radio also offers lots of customization options. You can adjust the equalizer for whichever type of system you’re listening to music from, use with a headphone or amplifying system, stop the radio when WiFi gets disconnected, use the built in timer to stop playback after a specific time, and add radio stations manually if you can’t find one among the 63000 ones just to name a few.
Audials Radio even supports airplay receivers and Chromecast enabling you to stream music to another device. You can also move your files between the Cloud and your SD Card.
The Good and the Bad :Audials Radio
Over 63000 stations offering free music streaming.
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Offers support for AirPlay and Chromecast.
Offers options to record your favorite tunes.
Offers super quick zap features. You can enter a radio station or artist and zap to find one that best matches your taste.
Adapts sounds for playing on amplifying systems or headphones.
Offers cloud support making it easy to move your music to it from your SD card.
Allows wireless music syncing.
Allows you to set an alarm to wake you up with your favorite radio station.
No lags, responsive, speedy, and highly functional.
The Not So Good
Doesn't have the best looking UI.
There are sporadic issues connecting to certain radio stations.
Overall, Audials Radio app is a pretty solid radio player that offers free music streaming service without a fuss. It may not have the most attractive UI, but there’s plenty to love about the app. If you love to listen to music from all over the world, be sure to give Audials Radio a try. You won't be disappointed!