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Record and listen to live radioTuneIn Radio offers more than 40,000 streaming radio stations and you can even record a song or program with just a few taps of your finger.
Welcome to Tap that App, I�m Jason Parker and this is the show where we cover the hottest apps in the mobile space. This week we�re showing off a streaming radio app for the iOS that just might be the best in its category. It's called TuneIn Radio, and it works on both your iPhone and iPad with an easy to navigate interface that makes it a snap to find stations you like. Powered by the RadioTime Web site, TuneIn Radio offers more than 40,000 stations to choose from around the globe AND you can even use your iPhone's GPS to find your favorite local stations. With all this audio content, it's fortunate that the interface offers a number of ways to drill down to exactly what you want to listen to right from the launch page. You can browse local stations, choose categories like Sports or Talk radio, and you can browse by language to name a few. Like other radio streaming apps, browsing the music category gives you an enormous list of genres to choose from, each with a long list of options around the world, with your local choices at the top. Once you find a few stations you like, you can easily bookmark them from the station page so they show up in your bookmarks list for later listening. The station page also gives you album art for the current song, the ability to play the Last.FM radio station for the band, and numerous options to view more information about the current station. While listening to a station, if you like a particular song, you can pause and rewind live radio (like a DVR), then record the song from the beginning. TuneIn Radio keeps all your recordings in a special section so you can listen to recorded favorites later. One of the best things about TuneIn Radio is that it works in tandem with RadioTime.com. This means that, once you sign up for a free account, you can save favorite station streams on your home computer then access them from your iOS device. You can even schedule RadioTime to record a morning show, for example, that you'll later have access to on your iPhone. TuneIn Radio costs $1.99 at the iTunes App Store, but with 40,000 streaming radio stations, the ability to record music, and handy tools that work with the RadioTime Web site; it's pretty easy to recommend you tap this app. That�s it for this weeks show, if you have any suggestions, send them to Tap That App at cnet.com. I'm Jason Parker and we�ll see you next week.