TuneIn Radio for iOS review: TuneIn isn't perfect, but it's pretty close

If you want to listen in your car, TuneIn Radio has a Car Mode that gives you big buttons to quickly switch stations while on the go. The only curious feature here is the ability to search -- I'm not sure you want to be typing in search terms while driving.

For those who are a bit more serious about their streaming media, an upgrade to TuneIn Pro ($4.99) might be worthwhile. The Pro version adds some nifty DVR-like features, so you can pause, rewind, and even record live radio. TuneIn Radio keeps all your recordings in a special section so you can listen to recorded favorites later.

Finally, you may notice that some stations are marked "Restricted by Broadcasters," which means they're not available for streaming through TuneIn. What's nice is that if you happen to click on one of these, TuneIn will automatically find and connect you to a similar station, which is often just as good.

In my testing, I did notice occasional bugs with track and station info. I'm not sure if that's because certain stations stop transmitting or if it was just the app, but it's something to look out for.

Still, with an easy-to-use interface, a huge catalog of stations, and the ability to record live broadcasts (with the $4.99 upgrade to Pro), TuneIn Radio is definitely a solid streaming-radio app. If you want to listen to live local or national radio, this is one of the best free apps for the job.

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    About The Author

    Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.