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November 20, 2011

Bose AM/FM/Internet Radio App

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Yesterday I was noodling around looking for a way to listen to AM radio as well as FM on my iPhone.

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Sometimes I just want to listen to a ball game, no team in particular, I just find radio broadcasts very pleasant background for all manner of tasks.

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And I like using a Bluetooth earpiece and not having earphone cords getting in the way or yanked out of my ears.

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I happened on this review which looked promising so I ponied up $2.99 and bought the app.

According to the review, the app is designed to go hand in hand with the Bose SoundDock, itself compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch.

It provides location-based access to both AM and FM radio stations for local fare, or you can choose any location in the world and see what's on the radio there.

What I like best about the app — besides the fact that it does what it says — is how it appears on the iPhone screen (top two photos): In the tuning bar only stations that are accessible appear, and you slide your finger along the bar to move the highlighted frequencies underneath the center cursor, which then locks in the station while identifying it and telling you what's on.

Bonus: No button to push to switch from AM to FM and vice versa but, rather , the bands are continuous along the slider bar.

Well worth $2.99.

November 20, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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Several observations:

There is a tracking app associated with this app. You have an opportunity to opt out through the Privacy tab together with a bit of hoop-jumping. I've opted out.

The app will multitask - that is play in the background - just like iTunes does.

The app supports AirPlay so I can stream the stations to my Apple TV devices.

The app may free me from my addiction to BBC podcasts where I can now listen to the live radio feed while driving.

Good find.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Nov 21, 2011 1:43:00 PM

What Bluetooth headset do you use?

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Nov 21, 2011 1:39:21 AM

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