FM and Internet radio are helping in the rebirth of radio in India. While FM radio is now popular among the youngsters, Internet Radio has yet to gain some momentum among the people in India. Availability of India specific Internet Radio apps for various software platforms is the major hurdle for spread Internet radio in India . Most of the generic radio apps don’t cover a majority of the Indian Internet radio channels.

Radio India is a good India specific Internet radio app for Windows 8 from K9 Apps which features many of the popular Indian radio channels. The app has radio stations in 10 leading Indian languages (Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Malayalam, Telugu, and Tamil). Total number of radio stations available on the app is 200 and the developers say that the number is growing fast. While the private radio stations are available live, users can hear the recorded programs of All India Radio in different languages.

App has the simple ‘Metro’ UI which gives a gorgeous look to the app. Radio stations are grouped on the basis of the language by default to the left of the app’s home screen. A click on a specific language opens the channels available under that language and a click on a radio station starts playing it. A play/stop button placed at the top left of the app controls the app’s playback. The app can play radio channels in the background and displays the images of actors/actresses as the apps’ wallpaper while playing radio channels. A preferred station can be added as a favorite and the songs that you like can be bookmarked through the options menu which can be accessed through a right click on the top/bottom of the app’s screen. The default station to be played on startup can also be selected from the app’s options.

A big limitation of the app is its inability to group stations on the basis of the preferred genre like music, news, entertainment, etc. The number of available channels also need to be improved a lot further in the future versions  of the app.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.0

Compatible with: Windows 8

Rating: 9/10

Download size: 0.2 MB

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