Gone are the days we need to pay for services such as satellite radio. Instead, we can fulfill all our music and radio needs with streaming apps. These powerful, yet free Android apps let us stream our favorite music and radio stations from around the globe putting us in control of the content we listen to.

I’ve scoured the Android Market, AppBrain and other sources to find the best free streaming radio apps. While an app such as Pandora is an obvious choice, lesser known, yet emerging apps like Digitally Imported Radio can transform our devices into a perfect radio companion.

Best Free Streaming App List On AppBrain

 

 

Digitally Imported is specific to electronic music, but is easily the best in its class.  The app consists of over a dozen styles with 35 channels in electronic genres such as dance, house, lounge, chillout, techno and more. Once you click on a channel, you get the track name and history of tracks played. To add a channel to your favorites, just perform a long press on the channel.

 

 

doubleTwist Player lets you sync your iTunes playlists, podcasts and videos with your Android device. You’ll first need to download the free Mac or PC companion to use AirSync. doubleTwist Player pulls in all your music and videos into its player and has a beautiful interface that organizes by artist, album, video, podcast and more. Click the radio button to explore a large number of radio stations organized by genre.

 

 

Pandora Radio is the most prominent app in the listing, but the list would be incomplete without its’ mention. Just search for a song or artist and Pandora does the work for you by building a music station based on artist/song chosen. Pandora syncs with your Pandora account, so you can thumbs up and thumbs down to fully customize your stations.

 

 

TuneIn Radio is powerful and my choice for the best free radio station app, boasting 40k channels. Use the search button or browse local radio stations by location to find all your favorites. Once you click on a station, add it to your preset, find similar stations, see the complete broadcasting schedule and even set an alarm and sleep timer. In addition to all the great radio stations, you can also stream podcasts with this app.

 

 

 

Like TuneIn Radio, XiiaLive Lite offers 40k streaming radio channels from around the world. Search, organize, tag, and save your favorite streams. The app supports aac, aac+, m3u, pls, mp3, mp4, m4a and mpeg formats, but will soon offer ogg, asx and wma streaming. Sort by favorites, top hits or genre.

Which apps do you use to get your music, radio stations and podcasts? Let me know what you think of the apps listed.