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    A new feature we will be bringing every Wednesday is "App War Wednesdays". Two Apps will duke it out, comparing features and designs, with only one coming out as the Winner. No boring long reviews, just right down to the basics. We will cover an AppStore battle, and I hope to add some Jailbreak App brawls. Suggest an App War here.

    TuneIn Radio
    Price: $1.99
    Version: 1.6.3
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    TuneIn Radio features both local and international radio stations, including the AM/FM stations, something which many apps leave out, such as Shoutcast. Comes with support for iOS 4 Multitasking. At he price of only $1.99, it sounds like a great deal.

    This app, although not exactly visually appealing, is designed extremely well. With five tabs across the bottom giving you the options to see Bookmarks, Browse, Record, Account Settings, and the ability to surf the web, it's nearly impossible to get lost. What's nice is the feature to choose "Local Radio Stations" and based on your location via GPS, it will list local radio stations, and you'll be surprised at how many are listed. You don't have to go far, as by default, your brought to the listings and one of the first buttons is "Local Station". Navigation is extremely easy and the play controls are identical to that of the iPod controls. To top it all off, there is very little lag, and the App runs incredibly smooth. What's even better is it supports iOS 4 Multitasking, so it can run in the background. You can even do a timed recording of a station with TuneIn, and also go back up to 30 minutes in what you've been streaming.

    Ease Of Use: 5/5
    iOS 4 and Multitasking: Yes
    Content Value: Worth the Asking Price.
    Design: 3/5
    Speed: 5/5
    Overall: 4/5

    Check the comparison chart below for more details.

    Pocket Tunes
    Price: $6.99
    Version: 5.5.5
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    Pocket Tunes is a more souped up version of something like TuneIn Radio, featuring a more graphical interface and design. While it seems that Pocket Tunes has more radio stations to select from (although the details say different), it's not nearly as easy/convenient to use as TuneIn Radio. Because of the extra graphical user interface design, and a huge radio list, there are some speed issues that arise (I'm using an iPhone 3GS), causing some load times to take longer than normal, granted a lot more is going on. Pocket tunes features both local and international radio stations, however the list is refreshed every time you open the app, causing some delays.

    Although it comes with a little more spunk, I have found it hard to justify the cost when something like TuneIn does almost the exact same thing without the fuss.

    Ease Of Use: 4/5
    iOS 4 and Multitasking: Yes
    Content Value: A little pricey in comparison
    Design: 4/5
    Speed: 3/5
    Overall: 3/5


    The Breakdown:

    Now lets take a look at who wins this battle by comparing specific features.



    There you have it. Clearly, at the cost of $1.99, TuneIn Radio is a strong winner in today's App War.

    Got an app you'd like to see duke it out? Get in touch! Does this App War need a rematch? Let us know!





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    This article was originally published in forum thread: App War Wednesday: TuneIn Radio vs PocketTunes started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. risingkazuya05's Avatar
      risingkazuya05 -
      had TuneInRadio since it's first inception, back in the 2.x FW days
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Quote Originally Posted by Spliff1 View Post
      Great review I have tunein radio . Did not realise that it had an alarm clock bonus. Thank you shall enjoy reading the reviews.

      Slainte

      Spliff1
      Same here I did not know that great!!!
    1. cushcalc's Avatar
      cushcalc -
      You didn't mention that you can do timer recording of a station with TuneIn, and also go back up to 30 minutes in what you've been streaming. Those are awesome features, that I don't believe anything else has!
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      I like this idea App War, very nice!!!

      Modmyi does it once again head and shoulders above all other iPhone sites
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Do these apps limit by broadcasting network like heart radio? Basically iheart radio only streams Clear Channel stations.
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      Quote Originally Posted by gbarielmoreno View Post
      Siriusxm on pocket tunes. Howard stern. Automatic winner. And I don't listen to regular radio( cause I'm not lame) , but it has every channel in the country.
      are you serious? dont you need a sirius account though to listen to Howard Stern?
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by mx727 View Post
      First, it's 2.99 x 12 which is < $36 a year for Premium internet for existing subscribers.

      If you don't want Premium internet, then it is free to listen on the internet if you have a radio subscription.
      The $124 is only for those that do not have an existing radio subscription and only want internet, so it is not "on top of your regular contract fees."
      You may be correct on the fee, I don't know. I logged in as a customer and it offered me internet for (my mistake earlier) $142! It says nothing about not having or not having a subscription.
      XM I know is $2.99 a month with an existing account. The Sirius site is not easy to navigate.

    1. sensown's Avatar
      sensown -
      I have tune in radio and love it!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Hmm... I know if I listen to it on Sirius.com or directly on the Sirius App it didn't work until I added the $2.99 internet fee.
      Maybe it's because I am a lifetimer? I have never used the app itself because I had already paid for Pocket Tunes before it came out. I stream from my laptop for free with mywi as well.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      How about neither .. Can I do that?
    1. jamriman's Avatar
      jamriman -
      Quote Originally Posted by GreggSymington View Post
      Pocket Tunes = Howard 100/101 = win...
      Agreed big time!!'
    1. uzz's Avatar
      uzz -
      I don't know if this is the right place to post but can we have a SatNav brawl?? And maybe make it a 3 way ( tom-tom, copilot & navigon)? Cool W.W.Wednesdays though
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GreggSymington View Post
      Pocket Tunes = Howard 100/101 = win...
      Hands down the reason this app blows the other one away.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      WunderRadio is the best for all local & non local channels and beyond. i think it was $5.99. but well worth it. also iOS4 supported.

      the interface is much nicer looking to navigate with the tunin radio vs pocket tunes. however i hate cheesy app icons and i think i would buy pocket tunes just because tunins flaky icon
      I have been using wunderradio and ootunes
    1. mx727's Avatar
      mx727 -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      The Sirius site is not easy to navigate.
      That is true. If you want to save even more money, cancel your account. They will beg you to come back and offer all kinds of deals.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Damn. I bought pocket tunes last year. That is too bad. I have to stuck with it.
    1. Zenitram's Avatar
      Zenitram -
      Just picked up TuneIn and it's really great. Thanks again!
    1. sdphone's Avatar
      sdphone -
      Great feature idea... This why I love modmyi. You know the pulse of iPhone users! Keep up the great work!
    1. jondoe1980's Avatar
      jondoe1980 -
      ootunes beats them all, if you don't have unlimited, u can record a stream, rewind, skip multiple times, hands down the best