12 Best FM Radio Apps for Android in 2014 [Samsung Galaxy S4]

Galaxy S4, the latest Android device by Samsung with lots of amazing features plus powerful specification, don’t have simple thing like an FM radio. We’re still in doubt that every Samsung Galaxy S device has it, Why Samsung decided to not bring radio application in Galaxy S4?

Best FM Radio App for Android

According to Samsung Russia,

“Our studies show a trend shift of interest to digital broadcasting, specifically – focus on listening to music content in social networks or on the YouTube channel. The flagship model of our products is focused on customers who use digital content, which use modern formats and channels of information consumption. 

What ever is the reason, its final that Galaxy S4 lacks radio apps and many android users are disappointed with those who prefer this old is gold feature of a mobile device. And if you’re the out of them, then not to worry. In this article we’re going to share with you some of best FM Radio Apps for Android, which you can use to overcome the loss of that amazing feature.

So without further ado, let’s start with the first radio app i.e

1. TuneIn Radio

Tune In Radio

An amazing android app which helps you to listen the World Radio with music, sports, news, talk, and comedy streaming from every continent. With this app you can enjoy 70,000 live radio stations and 2 million podcasts, concerts or shows on your Android phone or tablet, all for free. You can also try premium version.

2. SomaFM Radio Player

Soma Fm Radio Player

SomaFM gives you direct access to 20 year-round channels of listener-supported, commercial free and underground radio. With this app you can view and pick stations by Popularity, Genre or just see your favorites and lots more.

Price: $4.01

3. Pandora Internet Radio

Pandora Interner Radio

Personalized radio that plays music and comedy you’ll love. You can start with the name of one of your favorite artist, song, comedian, or even composer and will Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks.

Price: Free

4. Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio

Slacker gives listeners anytime, anywhere access to the world’s best music and entertainment. Listen for free on your Android device or subscribe and enjoy a commercial-free experience with offline listening and on-demand access to millions of songs and albums.

Price: Free

5. Spotify

Spotify

Spotify app let you listen to unlimited music on your mobile for the first 48 hours for free after that you need a Spotify Premium subscription to continue further.

Price: Free

6. Radioplayer

Radio Player

This android app will bring all UK radio under the same hood. Search for your favorite, and set them as presets. You can discover new radio to listen to, in recommending section.

Price: Free

7. Stitcher

Slitcher

Listen to your favorite news, comedy, sports and talk radio show on your device. Discover the best of NPR, CNN, Fox, BBC, Freakonomics, Adam Carolla, Ted Talks, SModcast, Joe Rogan, Rush Limbaugh, Radiolab and over 15,000 shows, podcasts and live radio with lots more.

Price: Free

8. Pocket Casts

PocketCasts

Pocket Casts is the best way to listen to podcasts, on any platform. Simply add your favorite podcasts, and you’ll be able to download or stream new episodes as they become available.

Price: $4.09

9. Last.fm

Last.fm

With this app you can learn about your favorite artist, find nearby events, and share your music tastes with the Last. FM Scrobbler. Optionally sync your Last. Fm friends with your contacts and lot more

Price: Free

10. XiiaLive- Internet Radio

Xilalive Internet Radio

Stream music and explore more than 50,000 live radio stations from all over the world. Search, organize, tag, and add or save your favorite streams for easy access any time you want to rock out

Price: Free

11. Digitally Imported Radio

Digitally Imported Radio

The app will give you access to hand-programmed radio channels feature world renowned Artists, DJs, and the Hottest exclusive shows. Tune into over 37 Internet Radio channels for the hottest electronic music from genres such as Trance, House, Dance, Lounge, Chillout, Techno, Ambient, and many more.

Price: Free

12. SoundHound

SoundHound

SoundHound is amazing android app brings you free song streams, new artists, with lots of amazing features.

Price: Free

What do you think do you miss the feature of no FM Radio? Or do you listen as Samsung said, to own music and online streams?

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67 Responses

  1. cc.deville says:

    Oh wow, was just looking to “upgrade” to s4 and I think I’m gonna wait on it now or find another solution. The FM feature has become essential for me, I work way out of cell tower range in parklands. Obviously there’s no wifi either.. FM is my daily link to civilization and sanity until I get home. Bad move.

  2. I am Using Pandora Internet Radio and believe me its the best.

  3. Nelson Brooks says:

    Gotta say, I think Pandora is best for a radio. I spend a lot of time on torch music though making video playlists, but unfortunately, it has no radio function.

  4. TJP says:

    I used the FM on my Droids for live coverage at Packer football games. Internet channels do not carry the games. Also, don’t expect to be caller 15 on any station while using an app.

  5. Damaris says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely think
    this website needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be returning to see more, thanks for the information!

  6. Simo says:

    Hi. Does TuneIn Radio cost you money everytime you use it? Is there a normal radio station software that i can download that would not consume data?

    Please let me know … thank you

  7. Girish Gavli says:

    Please let me know SIGNAL FM channel for mass communication for FM channel.

  8. Angel says:

    I miss radio tuner in S4. Internet radio is not a option. 3- 5 MB /10 minutes is not good enough.

  9. Jisa says:

    Kutvogel: WELL SAID! :-)

  10. kutvogel says:

    Btw, spirit FM radio unlocked? I just couldn,t find it through play store. But through google i found it, IN the play store.

  11. kutvogel says:

    And which of these are FM radio? None, you nitwit.

  12. amma says:

    Can Sumsang allow s4 users to install the s3 fm radio through an update?? We need our local radio. Bring s4 to our homes. Internet streaming for radio can be an added feature.

  13. Gordon says:

    Tune in radio or tune in pro does not work well on my s4
    It’s weird. Starts out ok. Then after 20 or 30 seconds. Still hear the music playing. But with garbled noises on top of it.
    Drives me nuts as I want to record (I bought pro version)
    But always run into this issue, even on wifi

    But xia players ok, but I hate it’s junk you won some coins crap
    Didn’t know android had so much garbage, banners, pop ups ect
    Kind of a pita

    But would like to figure out why tune in used to work, but now it’s crap, I’ve uninstalled. And re installed always same crappy garbled noise. Maybe it’s the phone, tune in, or carrier. But same over wifi makes me think its not the carrier. So it’s phone or tunein

  14. Muz says:

    Maybe Samsung has done deals with the digital content providers, and part of the deal was: NO FM RADIO TUNER??

  15. Muz says:

    I miss the FM radio tuner. I like to hear my local radio station for local news and community events. They do not broadcast digitally.
    The digital apps are also great, I like pandora and spotify.
    Why not have both?!

  16. tom says:

    I used my previous phone (Incredible 2) to listen to FM transmission of live play-by-play at college basketball games. The 20-30 second delay of internet radio transmission makes it difficult/impossible to use while watching a live game. Not sure I would have bought S4 had I known it did not have FM radio….Come on Samsung, get into the game.

  17. Jisa says:

    You do not know what you are talking about!

    Tunein is useless unless you want to use your data limit and waste your battery.

    Aladdin take note – none of the Apps that you can download work for true FM radio , Samsung have eliminated the FM radio antenna from the chip in the S4

    As for listening to the radio through the speakers , i can do that now with my S2 – i listen to Radio 4 live most mornings that way.

    Tunein App does not give you live UK radio (BBC). I find that Tunein buffers even on wifi, so it drives me mad. And you definitely can’t walk around London listening to Tunein on your headphones without a reliable 3G signal and unlimited 3G….neither is possible for me..

    My FM radio works perfectly on my S2. I refuse to upgrade to an S4 without FM radio.

  18. Dawn says:

    The FM Radio is used for more that just local stations. I can no longer listen at the gym without it! i would not have bought the S4 had I known this was not longer an option.

  19. Dee says:

    The s4 without radio is useless tto some of us who bought it.

    • Aladdin says:

      Hmm I can understand that S4 is useless without Radio feature, but samsung saying they want to stick with those old features which can be easily used easily just by downloading a single android app.

  20. Mark Wearne says:

    Samsung will give us software/apps we dont want and dont supply and uninstall.
    Then they take away the FM radio feature that I do use.

  21. saravanan says:

    good information, thanks for this share.

  22. Beth says:

    I have fhe samsung galaxy s3 which doesnt have radio. I much prefer to listen to radio, often using radio to carch up on news, give time and local traffic info. I’m really not happy about the shift away from including a radio in new phones.

  23. summer says:

    I just got the s4 yesterday and no matter what i do i cant get a whole song to play from my music player and its driving me crazy ! Im sure its something simple but ive looked and looked and cant find it . Anyone know how to fix my problem ?

  24. Teppwa says:

    I would not have bought this phone if I knew it didn’t have an FM radio – I use it every day. My previous S2 had a radio, why would I expect this one not to have one? If possible, I implore Samsung to offer it as an software upgrade……

    • nerdsmagazine says:

      hmmm I don’t think they’re going to add radio functionality in upcoming updates for Galaxy S4 :(

    • stroudmw says:

      I agree with Teppwa. I also wouldn’t have bought the S4 if I’d realised that it doesn’t have an FM radio!

  25. Nicole Herrera says:

    I personally get tired of hearing the same old music on every station, plus a bunch of commercials. I use http://www.earbits.com to listen to free online radio. So far, they don’t have any commercials or fees. I hope they stay that way.

  26. stroudmw says:

    All I want is to listen to fm radio. I don’t want streaming because I have to pay for the data charges. Isn’t there a plain old fm radio app out there?

  27. Jisabella says:

    The reviewer has TOTALLY missed the pt of FM radio! These app suggestions are pointless as they all require 3G or wifi to work. The whole point of live FM radio is using headphones as anntennae, no data needed, little battery used, no buffering, and you can use it free in any country in the world. I’ve bought the Sony headphones described in a post below…they are ok…ish but Yet another device to charge, and the controls are very fiddly – even with small hands. (The radio works better than the bluetooth headphones, and you can use the radio on its own without the bluetooth.) Samsung need to get a grip on this…the other option is a htc one if you are not bothered about the camera part of it.

    • phyllis says:

      I’m surprised that the older Galaxy had the FM radio…with no internet required. I’m pretty sure that iphones do not have this… is it common on other smartphones? It’s funny because all I’ve heard and read lately is that the “younger” generations (I’m over 50) do not listen to the radio, although all those top hits stations would say otherwise.

  28. Will says:

    I want to play Podcasts from Podomatic on my SG S4 but all I see is a small blue dice. What do I need to install to play them?

  29. phyllis says:

    I have an Apple ipod Touch 2G which I’m looking into replacing (along with my old phone as well) with a smartphone and have been researching the S4. I use a number of radio apps on my itouch, but apple products do not have an FM radio receiver either.

    Since the iTouch only uses wifi, I only listen to the radio apps when I’m on my home wireless, but there are radio apps that I love- I have NPR and CBC, and I love love love international internet stations. I hope that the Android apps are comparable as that is a requirement for me. I can listen to the same crappy FM pop songs on a regular radio if I really wanted to.

  30. Una says:

    It’s such a shame that S4 doesn’t have a radio.
    I couldn’t find some of apps above in Google Play. I’m looking for an app that doesn’t need internet connection, can someone help me?

  31. Danny Boy says:

    It’s nice that you have provided 12 radio app suggestions, however none of them are true radio apps.
    I just chatted with Samsung support and they confirmed that the Galaxy S4 has a radio receiver, just no app.
    As many of us reading this forum are aware, it is difficult to find a true radio app that makes use of the radio receiver and does not need internet access.

    One app, which appears to be a real radio app, but which I have not installed yet, is Spirit FM Unlocked by Mike Reid.

    • nerdsmagazine says:

      Thanks a lot :)

    • Mike Reid says:

      All GS4′s have an FM/BT combo chip, but the FM antenna pin appears to be disabled.

      Carriers, Google/Apple and others want you to use data plans and switch to streaming.

      “Spirit FM Radio Unlocked” is a one of a kind, niche app that just barely keeps one seasoned dev employed. :)

      • Danny Boy says:

        Mike, I wish you would make a version of Spirit FM Unlocked that is compatible with the Galaxy S4. …please. ….pretty please!

    • Monde says:

      Thanks a lot, Danny Boy!

      Your comment was of much help than the actual Article.
      I’ve gone through Google Play searching for Radio. Thus i’ve seen more than enough of the radios shown here. And the article initially appears to be helping those who don’t wanna use data for radio, but then it just does the contrary.

      Thanks again. i will check the app and see if it’ll do what the S4 is missing!

  32. ROYTHOMAS says:

    whether this application of fm will work for local radio stations

  33. I like listening the best music

  34. Angelina says:

    i think its an really bad or worst idea to not have an radio application on galaxy s4. its a shocking news for me. Phone is incomplete with out it. its an embarrassing situation when you tell your friends that your s4 does not have an radio they laugh on you. And if i download an radio application from play store it may require internet connection which again a drawback or an uncomfortable zone for me as it consumes more battery.. It is is too bad that s4 does not have radio. I am really disappointed to buy this phone. :-(

    • nerdsmagazine says:

      But we have alternative..you can try these application :)

    • Ruy says:

      I do regret not to have radio Fm on Galaxy S4. I will problably skip this model. I do use a lot of FM to lissen to music, news, traffic informtion, weather, and so on. Or eventually move to another brand!! It is a great mistake.

  35. Brian says:

    Does anybody know what happened to the FM Radio app that was literally a radio that used earphones as the antenna and didn’t rely on internet? Can’t seem to find it in the app store on new phone (Samsung nexus)

    • nerdsmagazine says:

      So your question is, Why Samsung decided to not bring radio application in Galaxy S4?

      Here is the answer
      According Samsung Russia “Our studies show a trend shift of interest to digital broadcasting, specifically – focus on listening to music content in social networks or on the YouTube channel. The flagship model of our products is focused on customers who use digital content, which use modern formats and channels of information consumption.”

  36. Sarah Lewis says:

    Thanks for the list but what I miss most about fm radio is the fact I can receive in places where there’s no wifi or 3G and maybe not even a phone signal. I especially enjoy BBC radio 4 (I live in the UK) and sadly none of these apps really replace this. However my complaints are with Samsung/Orange and are no reflection on your helpful post!

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  39. Edemilson Lima says:

    If you don’t want to spend money on your data plan to just listen radio, Sony MW600 stereo bluetooth earphone with FM radio is the right companion for a Galaxy S4. :)

  40. Does of above the above apps works without the need of connecting the headset or headphones?

    • Viney Dhiman says:

      Thanks for your sharing your query with me, best answer to your question is why don’t you get one and try and check? And in reverse share your response with me :D

    • Maiden says:

      i use TuneIn Pro .. and to be honest i recommend you that one THE BEST OUT THERE and no u dont need a headset, u can listen thru ur phone speakers

  41. Ethan says:

    All those who are missing the option to listen to live streaming music on their Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phones can download any of these great radio apps. This is a fantastic compilation of apps that allows customers to listen to music of their choice.

  42. Ethan says:

    I enjoy listening to the latest music releases through TuneIn Radio app. It is a must-have for all music enthusiasts who are in need of inspiration when on the go.

    • marcelo says:

      me queres decir como escucho las radios locales de mi provincia si el 99 por ciento no estan en internet y que hay celulares que cuestan 30 veces menos y tienen fm interna eso se llama ahorro pelotudo muy mal lo de samsung aparte lleva mucho consumo de datos

      • nerdsmagazine says:

        I read your opinion by translating your comment i.e.
        “I want to say as I listen to the local radio stations in my county if 99 percent are not on the internet and there are phones that cost 30 times less and have internal fm asshole that’s called bad saving it apart samsung consuming data consumption”

        Gracias por compartir su opinión

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