*It is not possible on Google Play to sort apps by rating and number of downloads, so please correct us if our analysis is off. By the way, if it wasn’t for a single one star rating from someone who simply didn’t swipe beyond the first 9 stations for 500+ more shows and stations, we’d be near a 4.9 rating. Of course having only 3 ratings of 3, 2, and 1 total is pretty insane after two+ years in Google Play.
“News never really stops, but I don’t always have time to read it with my eyeballs. Sometimes my eyeballs have had too much news (and other stuff) and they just need a break. Being able to snack on the headlines from news radio around the world is a boon …”
And finishes with:
“It also has a selection of live radio streams from around the world, which is invaluable during breaking news (especially breaking international news). 1 Radio News isn’t the most polished app (yet), but it saved me from going to fifty different websites and apps to pull down a five minute headlines clip, and I’m more than happy to support an app that saves me time and helps me be more informed than my producers. Especially as they ramp up their election coverage.”
We think the idea that people want a “Pandora for news” radio is bonkers.
Rather than exploding radio into a gazillion parts to then have a tone-deaf computer personalize a mix just for you is not what radio is about. Quality radio is about being surprised. It embraces serendipity. It is a craft where dedicated people put together a spoken-word experience with talent and thought.
That said, many people do want quick access to the latest news headlines from the sources they trust. Many like access to news headlines from different perspectives and nations. They do want quick access to new shows they might try – but not a jumble of audio that they can’t scan like web headlines. Most of us trust that broadcast radio – around the world – is an awesome filter for producing and sharing the best of audio. Most of us don’t want profanity laden podcasts.
Our sense is that most people wonder why we can’t just have simply awesome access to radio on-demand without complicated podcast apps and buzzwords. Yes, some folks love searching for hours for the golden needle in the stack of millions of podcast episodes. Use a podcast app for that. For the rest of us, who just want to listen to the latest news on our commute, on a walk, or during quiet times at night, this where 1 Radio News comes in – just press a button and listen to fresh radio news from around the world in English.
P.S. We just soft-launched our new PlayMix feature exclusively for Pro app listeners. What’s PlayMix? Details for coming, but imagine mixing your favorite on-demand headlines and shows with live stations in the ultimate world radio news experience.
In fact, it is a great sign when your app is installed on more devices than you’ve sold. News radio fans love 1 Radio News Pro. Buy once and install on as many Android devices as you like tied your Google Play account.
With hundreds of carefully selected news shows and stations, a new favorites feature is on its way. Our “PlayMix” feature will let you craft your own mix of “Play All” headlines, shows, and live streams.
Like 30,000 people before you, you can try out the free 1 Radio News version before you upgrade. For many, our top ten headlines, shows, and live stations on the free version are all you need.
Where does 1 Radio News fit in?
In the app world, they talk about the loooooong tail with over a million apps that few people download and even fewer use. See all those apps on the left side of the chart with fewer than 1,000 installs. Yikes.
In just over a year with version 2, we’ve solidly entered the middle body in the top third of apps install wise for both our free and paid versions.
Why? Radio news lovers who find our app, use it. If you want to listen to this hour’s headlines or today’s news from sources around the world, this is the fastest, easiest, and simplest app in the world.
While hot games tend to rocket up the charts download wise. People burn out on them pretty quick. It just so happens that News has great app retention and frequency of use. You can “Play All” on 1 Radio News once an hour and get a fresh experience. See this chart from Flurry:
Depending upon what stats you believe, 1 Radio News Free, has a strong retention rate and our paid app is off the charts.
Someday, we might even reach the “short head” will a million installs, but first we need to get to 50,000 free downloads, the next level that earns you a “sticker” on Google Play. 🙂
With more ratings from our fans (our 4.7 rating for Pro is outstanding), more sharing, and more installs we can add new features and platforms (like iOS, Roku, Windows 10, and more) to bring quality news radio from around the world to many more people. Spread the word.
Headlines and daily shows on-demand. Top global live stations including many international shortwave broadcasters. Radio with English from over 65 countries in one remarkable app.
Free or pro(more stations, special global shortwave showcase, search, “favorites” PlayMix, no ads).
In addition to being listed among the “Best Amateur and Shortwave Apps,” here are some awesome public reviews of the Pro version of the app from shortwave listening fans:
Awesome app! Great addition to my radio apps, remind me when my dad use to listen his short wave radio, great selection of radio stations.
More Than Replaces Shortwave This app is amazing. It more than replaces my old shortwave radio. No waiting for nightfall, no moving upstairs to get a signal that fades in and out, no stringing lengths of copper wire to capture feint transmissions. What you get are clear broadcasts without distortion and the range of stations is surprising large. Worth every penny for the Pro version.
Awesome for SWLing in the modern world Perfect radio app. Shortwave radio is dead in North America. This app reminds me of evenings with my portable radio years ago in Angola.
Good news, a radio app for former shortwave radio listeners Headlines on demand! International and Domestic news!
#1 RADIO **** The best I’ve tried! Short Wave is alive and well. Excellent selection of channels from around the world. It is and does all as promised + more. Fantastic Sound quality.
Fantastic!!!!!! The best world radio app I ever seen. Tons of stations. Works well almost all the time. They even have old time radio and science fiction radio. Simply the best.
Amazing This app puts the world at my fingertips. Simple interface and fast loading. Selection is also brilliant and convenient, there’s something for everyone. Worth every cent, highly recommended if you’re a news junkie or an old-school SWL’er.
Great Radio App! I upgraded to the Pro version to get all the stations. It’s great to be able to listen to English radio broadcasts from different parts of the world in an easy to use app.
Best swl since my beloved 2010 Fantastic App, I was never completely satisfied with any of the small portables I bought over the years when I went out on my walks, now I not only get a superior selection of stations on my phone but if I hear a story I want to follow up on, my phone has access to this thing called the World Wide Web.
Fantastic! Reminds me of the old shortwave radio days. I would also stay up late at night trying to scratch in some far away station on the AM dial. I enjoy listening to news, current events and arts & culture programming from around the world and this app makes it so easy. If this type of thing interests you do yourself a favour and grab the pro version. For the price of a cup of coffee you get access to so many more sources.
Fabulous app! Old school news consumers rejoice! Great selection, fast to load….100% 5 stars! The upgrade was the best $X I’ve ever spent. My old shortwave has largely been gathering dust, as few english language broadcasters remain on the medium. Without a doubt one of my favorite apps. Would be lost w/o it. Many many thanks!
Not convinced that you should go pro? Try the free version first instead.