Once you have owned an iPhone for a while, I think most people have their favourite applications and slow down on the new ones a bit. Having said that, browsing the App Store is still a bit of a Sunday morning pass-time.
Then, from time to time there is an app that you try and think this is really cool – this happened to me just this week with TuneIn Radio.
I have tried Internet Radio a couple of times via different desktop apps and in the past have been put off by bad connections, constant buffering of the audio etc… This little app does not seem to suffer from these problems, the quality of the sound is good and in the first few days of use, has not missed a beat (pun huh!)
The really attractive thing though is the mobility. You can listen where ever your iPhone is. Obviously using a wifi network is going to be cheaper in the long term, ie not streaming over your 3G network but it does work with either.
Right from the install, it does what is say it will do without fuss or a manual of any sort.
I was in the market recently for an iPod/iPhone dock for my bedroom and looked around at loads of options, what I really wanted was something that would allow the usual things (local radio, play your iPod and a clock) but I also did like the idea of being able to stream radio from my wifi connection.
All the units I looked at that had this feature were either ugly or over the top in price. I ended up with a Tivoli iSongbook, which is a great unit but no streaming ability.
So months later, I have been able to add wireless streaming radio with the purchase of TuneIn Radio.
I found this video on youtube, if you’re interested in what the application looks like, it provides a nice walk through.