Frodio: iPhone Video App Review
Get the inside track to global radio stations in one slick, universal app with Frodio. This social radio app from Applifto features more than 40 global stations, for an international flair you can’t find anywhere else. So if you’re looking for a new way to rock, our iPhone app review of Frodio can point you in the right direction.
Frodio is optimized for English and Russian speaking listeners, and has a surprisingly diverse collection of stations. You’ll find everything from the latest techno tracks sweeping Eastern Europe to stations featuring classics, rock and jazz. Want to know what’s hot? The app does that too, with a list of popular stations ranked by the number of listeners they have. That’s where the social aspect of this radio app starts, but not where it stops.
Utilizing a simple swipe motion you can set stations as favorites or share track info directly via Twitter, Facebook, email and VK. Just be careful, there’s a defunct Google Buzz icon in this menu and if you click it by accident you’ll have to shut down the entire app to get rid of the screen.
Frodio supports AirPlay, multitasking and AAC+ streaming on compatible devices. It also integrates with Frodio’s website for even more socializing and music news. And if you’re feeling indecisive give Frodio a shake. It will take you to a randomized station. Thanks to this robust feature line up, Frodio is the kind of app that can easily compete with the big boys such as Rdio and I Heart Radio, due to its interesting content and website integration. We dig it, and not just because the name of the service reminds us of hobbits.
Layout & Design:
Frodio keeps their app sharp and intriguing by including album art and a fresh UI. You can change channels and look for new sounds by flicking through them, or use the swipe feature on the favorites or popular lists to save, share and more. It’s all gesture based and extremely simple to learn.
We do wish the app had a full plain list of each station with descriptions, since perusing them can take a few moments, especially if you’re on a slower internet connection while the stations buffer and the art downloads.
Other than the album art, Frodio is decidedly simple and sleek in design. It’s easy to find the music you’re interested in and easy to enjoy it. The track quality is actually pretty good, considering it’s a streaming service. And we only had a problem with one station not broadcasting.
This universal app is awesome, especially if you’re looking for a new source of international music. It costs $2.99, and while that is a bit more than some other radio apps (some of which are free, but don’t have Frodio’s range of music or style) it’s still a good deal. We suggest giving Frodio a shot if you love global music, already use the website or are looking for a new way to enjoy music on-the-go.
Frodio iPhone app requires iOS 3.1.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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