Y! Music mixes radio with streams for fresh sound

Aug 28, 2009
Music

Y! Music is a great app if you love radio. Available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Y! Music accesses radio stations from across the country as well as a ton of different Internet-style stations available from Yahoo. Y! Music is pretty straightforward to use. Pick your genre and select CBS Radio stations from New […]

Y! Music is a great app if you love radio. Available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Y! Music accesses radio stations from across the country as well as a ton of different Internet-style stations available from Yahoo.

Y! Music is pretty straightforward to use. Pick your genre and select CBS Radio stations from New York to LA. Or, depending on what genre you picked, you could choose whether to listen to a radio station or to stream music from Yahoo!. You can listen to anything from indie rock to Bollywood.

There are enough stations for anyone to find several they like. Some stations allow you to skip songs, a nice feature to have. One reason why Pandora remains my favorite music app is that I can skip songs I don’t like, so it would be nice if more radio-style apps offered this feature.

For the Y! Music stations that allow you to skip tracks, you only get six skips per hour–plenty if you enjoy music discovery. If you are out of skips, you probably didn’t like the station much anyway.

Talk radio fans should like Y! Music too. There are a decent number of choices in news radio and talk radio, and subjects vary from basic news to progressive- and conservative-focused commentary.

Y! Music is great in that it combines traditional radio stations with streaming radio. If you are tired of local radio, Y! Music will bring hundreds of new choices.

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Matthew Hendrickson

Matthew Hendrickson is a freelance writer and Editor and Chief of Jettison Quarterly. He lives in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and has a degree in journalsim from Columbia College. He has written for the Chicago Journal, The Chicago Reporter, and ChicagoTalks.  His three-part story about lead poisoning rates in Chicago was featured at Propublica.org and IRE.org.

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