Free iPhone apps let you listen to your favourite Canadian radio stations
The iPhone doesn’t have a built-in AM/FM radio tuner but you can download one of the following four free iPhone apps from the Apple iTunes stores which collectively can provide access to over 150 Canadian AM/FM radio stations from across the country.
Whether your preference is News/Talk, Adult Contemporary, Classic Rock, Country, Easy listening, Pop, Public radio or Sports, the following free streaming radio apps from Acadia Broadcasting, CBC Radio, Chum Radio, and Corus Radio will allow you to listen to the most popular AM/FM stations in the country.
Canadian owned Acadia Broadcasting Limited of Saint John, New Brunswick operates 10 community minded radio stations in three provinces, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario. All of Acadia’s stations (e.g Country 94.1, 97.3 The Wave, CKDR 92.7) are music based with country, adult contemporary, classic rock or hot adult contemporary formats which also provide extensive local coverage.
The current version of the 0.8 MB app is V 1.0.918 which was released this month. More details here.
The CBC radio app is our favourite free radio iPhone application because in addition to letting listeners tune into 33 live CBC radio streams from CBC Radio One, Two and Three, it also lets you listen to more than 60 of CBC’s most popular programs on-demand.
The current version of the 1.4 MB app is V 1.3 which was released in February. More details here.
Chum Radio is a division of CTVGlobemedia which operates 34 radio stations in sixteen of Canada’s largest markets including Canada’s top station Chum FM.
The current version of the 1.5 MB app is V 1.0.613 which was released in February. More details here.
Corus was the first company to release an iPhone app for its 52 radio stations across Canada including 102.1 the Edge, Q107, CKOI, 98,5 FM, 630 CHED, CJOB 68 and Country 105.
The current version of the 1.6 MB app is V 2.2.665 which was released in February. More details here.
Rogers Radio – Not Free!
Rogers Digital Media announced today that it has launched an iPhone application for its 52 radio stations. Similar to the streaming radio apps listed above, the Rogers radio app gives users the ability to listen to any of the over fifty Rogers Radio stations across the country.
Unfortunately, the Rogers Radio app is restricted to Rogers Wireless users so iPod users and iPhone users on Bell and Telus Mobility will be unable to use the application.
If you don’t like the idea of downloading and working with multiple radio station applications, then an excellent paid alternative which Digital Home recommends to readers is Wunder Radio.
Although its costs $6.99 in the iTunes app store, the Wunder Radio application gives iPhone users access to all the stations included in the free apps listed above plus all of Rogers 50+ Canadian radio stations. In addition, Wunder Radio provides access to over 50,000 Internet Radio stations and 36,000 AM/FM radio stations from around the world.
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