App Spotlight: Radiotime | webOS Nation

App Spotlight: Radiotime

by Robert Werlinger Mon, 21 Dec 2009 10:54 am EST

Handset makers building FM tuners into phones is a barbaric and uncivilized practice, as Radiotime demonstrates by giving access to the online feeds of hundreds of thousands of terrestrial radio station feeds, talk radio, podcasts, and more. 

There's a lot to like about Radiotime, and one of my favorite things is the fact that it's location aware, meaning that dialing into local radio is actually easier than using a standard FM tuner since the program automatically finds your location and displays a list of accessible radio stations.


The user interface is another part of the program that really shines, and navigation is a breeze.  It's easy to go back to the top level of the menu structure by tapping the top banner, and the "now playing" notification follows you around while navigating through the application in the form of a small pop-up banner.  The program also provides limited transport controls, with pause being the only option, in the dashboard.  

There is also an online component that allows you to manage favorites (similar to mediafly) and listen to internet radio through your browser.  You can create an account on the device immediately after launching the program, giving you the ability to add favorites on the device, and access ones you've added online

The one thing that was disappointment was the limited Podcast supportCurrently, there are 5 preset podcasts, with no way to add others.  I would really like to see the ability add podcasts integrated into the app, as I think it would vastly increase the utility of the program.

Best of all, the application is ad supported, and not in an obnoxious way.  This is a very solid program the price of having to look at small banner ads sometimes. If you're reading this on your Pre or Pixi, you can find the program here.