AOL to bring Radio App to the iPhone via Apple AppStore

iPhone 3G

The feature that I really missed in the iPhone and before that the iPod was a radio and hence the native iPhone application I am really excited about is Time Warner’s AOL Radio app which will let iPhone owners listen to over 350
online radio stations, including 150 local CBS RADIO stations and
custom channels plus more than 200 AOL Radio channels for free.

AOL Radio for iPhone leverages iPhone’s Core Location framework to
detect a user’s location and automatically display CBS RADIO stations
nearest to the user.  The application gives users immediate, free access to over 350
online radio stations, including 150 local CBS RADIO stations and
custom channels plus more than 200 AOL Radio channels.

The AOL application will work over a Wi-Fi connection and the cellular data network with both the original iPhone and the faster 3G iPhone and will automatically adapt to the current connection speed of the device providing low-bandwidth
streams when on a cellular network versus higher quality audio for WiFi
connections.

As per AOL, the application offers sound quality as good as listening to a CD. AOL’s Radio App will be available for free with with audio advertising inserted in the radio streams or even graphic ads in the application later.

Its good to see Apple not restricting AOL’s ability to offer internet radio streaming via an iPhone app as one of the reasons I always thought Apple omitted the radio functinality in the iPod or the iPhone was it direclty competes with Apple’s iTunes store.

If you can’t wait to listen to Radio on the iPhone then you can also checkout iPhone web app such as FlyTunes and unauthorized native iPhone app released by Conceited Software called iRadio that have brought streaming internet radio to the iPhone.

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