NextRadio Takes a Bite of Apple With Streaming
“Still committed to unlocking the FM chip in all phones”
smartphone users can now download the NextRadio app from the App Store to listen
to streamed FM stations.
NextRadio — the Emmis-owned business
whose app combines local FM reception with internet functionality — has yet to
convince industry giant Apple to turn on over-the-air FM tuning in iPhones;
that remains a big goal for NextRadio.
But the move helps expand its footprint into the iPhone world. It has
introduced a free Apple version of the app that allows Apple users to listen to
streamed content from local FM stations.
“NextRadio is still
committed to unlocking the FM chip in all phones but wants to offer consumers
the choice to listen to live, local radio on any phone,” it states on its
website. “We developed a streaming version until this goal becomes a reality.”
From its announcement: “NextRadio
offers the most local radio FM stations available through a single app to Apple
users for the first time.” The company also highlights its Live Guide feature, which
“allows users to see and select from what’s playing on local stations in real
time all at once, rather than search through each station for something they
want to hear.”
The Apple version requires iOS version 10 or later and is compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. The
original NextRadio FM app for Android has also been updated to support
streaming and is available in the Google Play Store.
new download page offers these options to consumers.
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