Best radio apps for iPhone

The best: Beats 1

If you are a subscriber to Apple Music, you've got an exclusive, high-quality, worldwide radio station right at your fingertips.

Bottom-line: If you subscribe to Apple Music, Beats 1 is a no-brainer. You can listen to great music from top-notch deejays from around the world.

The details: Why Beats 1 is number one

With Beats 1, you can tune into professionals in the music business as they virtually spin records for your enjoyment. Deejays include such famed anchors as Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, and Julie Adenuga, and feature celebrity guest hosts like Elton John and Dr. Dre.

You don't have to listen live. If the current Beats 1 deejay doesn't fit your style, browse through previous shows and listen to anything you like on-demand.

Beats 1 is deeply integrated into the Apple ecosystem, so you can listen on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. You can also control playback from your Apple Watch. It's the radio app for Apple Music fans.

Runner-up: TuneIn Radio

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TuneIn Radio features 100,000 radio stations from around the world that you can stream live. You can also check in with well-known talk shows and even your favorite podcasts. With a monthly subscription, you'll get access to live play-by-plays from MLB, NFL, and BPL games throughout their season. Plus, you can choose from more than 600 genre-based music stations and listen to 40,000 audiobooks.

Bottom-line: This app is perfect for listening to broadcast radio stations all over the world. If you want to dig deeper, the monthly subscription provides even more listening content.

Listen through time: Radiooooo

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Radiooooo is an experimental music streaming service that lets you travel around the world through time. Start as far back as the beginning of the 20th century and choose from any country around the world. You'll be whisked away to a stream of music from that era and location.

Bottom-line: If you really want to discover an amazing array of music from days gone by, tune in to Radiooooo, pick a country and a decade, and sit back for a listening adventure through time.

For the mainstream listener: iHeart Radio

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The iHeart Radio app gives you complete access to all of the company's broadcasted stations. You can check out what's playing on your local station or pick from specific genres, like oldies and college hits. You can also check out the news and sports scores on the go or find a new podcast to sink your teeth into.

Bottom-line: If your musical tastes aren't demanding, but you want the ability to pick your genre, check out iHeart Radio.

For the eclectic listener: Audials Radio

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Audials Radio has a pretty huge collection of internet radio stations, including videos and podcasts. It is especially helpful for listeners looking for a specific genre. You can filter searches by genre, countries, top hits, and top artists, making it easier to find that music style to scratch your itch. You can also record a station you are listening to, so you can play it back later, preserving that moment in time when you found the perfect dance mix.

Bottom-line: Use Audials Radio if you like browsing through different genres of internet radio music from around the world.

The conclusion: Beats 1 beats all

Beats 1 has the best deejays in the business, spinning top trends and new tunes for you to discover. If you have a subscription to Apple Music, you can head over to the Beats 1 section on your Music app to get your groove on right now.

Lory Gil

Lory is a renaissance woman, writing news, reviews, and how-to guides for iMore. She also fancies herself a bit of a rock star in her town and spends too much time reading comic books.  If she's not typing away at her keyboard, you can probably find her at Disneyland or watching Star Wars (or both).