Just like traditional radio, listening to internet radio without paying money requires putting up with ads. Well, usually. Radical.fm tosses this entire concept out the window by letting users stream music for free. If listeners would like to donate to the company to help out, it would be nice, but such generosity is not required. There's a catch, though. The Android app, despite just launching, already looks like it hasn't received an update in three years.

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Radical.fm touts access to over 25 million songs, which is no small number considering the "pay-what-you-can" asking price. The app functions similarly to Pandora, prompting users to create stations and adjusting to suit their tastes based on likes and dislikes. Radical.fm also allows for hands-on customization, letting listeners manually toggle which genres they want to hear more of.

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Still, for a service that first launched on iOS just last year, the app has no reason to look this outdated. In the little bit of time I've spent trying out Radical.fm, I've encountered an incredibly snappy UI, plenty of modern hits, and an overall pleasant music experience. Everything about it just happens to be ugly.


Radical.fm comes from the founder of Tomsradio.com, an interactive internet radio station that launched way back in 2000, so it does have some experience under its belt. You can give the service a try via the widget below.

Source: Radical.fm blog

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • kj

    Not available in uk :(

  • DannyBiker

    I went looking to Material Design captures to cure me from whatever that Radical.Fm design gave me...

    • ddpacino

      I just turn on my N5 :) Cannot wait to see more of this. This lil tease is getting annoying, lol.

  • mgamerz

    Dem gingerbread buttons

  • Guest

    ios ui and dat nice pop-up... why do you promote app with 0 work done for android

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Because it might still be a good app?
      Where's the free app you wrote for us, Einstein?

  • Kcls

    Oh god, it's so ugly.

    Isn't it like, DIFFICULT to use Gingerbread elements in an app today? Like the dev has to go out of their way to use them? Why are so many apps still published with them?

    • Nathan Walters

      These aren't even gingerbread elements; it looks like iOS from before 7, which looks like shit on Android. It is VERY hard to use such elements on Android.

      • Kcls

        The "Radical.FM 'Choose your Station name'" dialog box is definitely GB themed.

        But yeah everything else looks like iOS6.

    • NinoBr0wn

      The first thing I saw when looking at these screens was my Nexus One.

  • Eric Browne

    Found a bug right after installing. Started playing a song, left the app (back button not just home), relaunched the app and while the previous song was playing it started playing another song on top of it. I'll reinstall after that bug is gone.

    • http://www.fullmoonblog.com/ Flatlinebb

      Why do you think this is an appropriate place to file a bug?

      • si3ge

        its not. but it IS the appropriate place to talk about the app this article is written for, which he is doing. hes not saying "please help with this!!" just letting us know what he found.

        • http://www.fullmoonblog.com/ Flatlinebb

          That's not how it came across. Maybe I'm just burned out from reading google Play store reviews.

          • si3ge

            yeah... thatll tone your expectations down a lot right now haha. i agree with a few other people that ratings should be throttled somehow when a new release is out. i assume youre talking about everyone complaining that apps done work on the new L release when its been out less than a week.

        • Eric Browne

          Thank you for understanding what I was doing.

    • ddpacino

      Send that to the devs, bro. We can't help you here.

    • Stephan Reich

      Please back answer soon, megahead.

  • Cesar

    I want to try it, but I feel like gagging every time I look at it...

  • shlk7

    She listens, she is understanding and everything about her is good. But dang she be ugly.

  • David

    Why does it need permission to use camera and/or microphone? Pandora doesn't.

  • DJ khaled

    DJ khaled is so fat and gross.

  • Brad

    You have a voicemail

  • bobchadwick

    Ow, my eyes!

  • Berat Alp Erbil

    Can someone attach the APK?

    • APK King

      Here you go:


  • John Smith

    "Login with Facebook" doesn't work.* However, I was pleasantly surprised that I could listen outside of the U.S.
    Note: landscape UI is just fucking terrible !!

  • Guest

    Dat Back Button...
    Yup, definitely an iOS port.

    Google should just start enforcing its design guidelines.

  • Ggggga@

    Us only

  • John Smith

    minimum donation is $5 - and they use PayPal. Unfortunately, PayPal switches language according to IP and not phone language. Since I'm currently in Poland, and don't read polish, I haven't donated yet...

  • Humberto

    The UI is not that bad, quit bashing on it, specially when it's free! thank you Radical.FM !