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FlyTunes expands Internet radio offerings

FlyTunes, a free mobile Internet radio service with a dedicated streaming interface for the iPhone and iPod touch, has announced it has expanded its offerings to over 160 channels that cover “all genres of music, as well as talk, sports, and local weather.” Music channels added to the service include top rated Radio Paradise,,, and 53 music channels from In the talk category, FlyTunes has added NPR,, and local weather in the top 15 U.S. markets. Launched in January, FlyTunes claims to have signed up “hundreds of thousands” of iPhone and iPod touch users, with the average user listening for eight hours every month. “We’re quite proud that FlyTunes has been so well accepted by iPhone users,” said Sam Abadir, FlyTunes CEO. “In the near future, we’re going to continue to sweeten the experience by adding more great content, new features like time shifting and station personalization, and support for other internet-enabled mobile devices.” FlyTunes is available as a free service for Mac and PC users, as well as for the iPhone and iPod touch. The service is available at

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I tried FlyTunes out and it actl. is not bad at all if you listen over a WIFI hotspot. From the EDGE network it sucks.

but now a question, is this realtime streaming? it looks more for me like a prerecording with lets say 30-90 minutes delay.

Maybe I’m wrong,..

Posted by dennis on March 28, 2008 at 7:42 PM (CDT)


Ditto… My tests show a variable delay not far from your estimate, and all my attempts to get their real-time intentions answered (?‘s) have resulted in silence. Streamed music IMO is pretty much useless. I need near-live content (news, talk, air traffic, et al) that I can customize. ...And their claims about signing up hundreds of thousands means little, since their is no commitment required. I think the truth is that all iPhone and touch users are curious enough to take a peek, but long-term is another thing altogether…. It’ll be a shame if they blow the opportunity to do something really great…

Posted by chashulme on March 28, 2008 at 8:22 PM (CDT)


I did tried out the EDGE button on the site, and i was able to listen to BBC and some music station good. It takes 5-8 sec. longer to preload and it might skip one time at the beginning but it’s alright.

now i can say that this is def., well,.. it looks like prerecorded. it’s not bad if you turn it on at your desk. i wounder if the same audio will repeat it self after it played all the way through. It might take 2 hrs but i’m just wondering.

Posted by dennis on March 28, 2008 at 9:55 PM (CDT)


It’s interesting that they say they’ve expanded their music selection. I’ve been using FlyTunes for a little over a month now and have actually noticed quite a few stations disappear.
I don’t know if it’s a bug or if some stations have opted out.

Posted by Miranda Kali on March 31, 2008 at 10:38 AM (CDT)

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