Switches on via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The radio industry’s RadioApp is now available via Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto.  This free app allows users to stream more than 250 Australian radio stations from a compatible car infotainment system.  Users can also view a list of nearby radio stations based on their location.

Commercial Radio Australia chief executive, Joan Warner, said listeners can access their favourites list and control the app safely through their connected car dashboard. “Consumers today expect freedom and connectivity and we want to make sure they can listen to their favourite local radio stations however they want and wherever they are.”

RadioApp also allows listeners to tune in to commercial, ABC, SBS and DAB+ digital radio stations across the country, create a favourites list and swipe to see what’s playing on other stations. An alarm and sleep-timer function allows users to fall sleep and wake up to their preferred station. The app has been downloaded 140,000 times since it was launched by the industry in November.

“Our aim is to make RadioApp the ultimate go-to for streaming live local radio,” Warner said. “While the majority of in-car listening will continue to be through broadcast radio, which doesn’t require internet connection, there has been strong user interest in being able to access RadioApp on CarPlay and Android Auto.”

GfK research shows radio remains the most popular form of entertainment on the road, accounting for 80% of in-car listening, followed by owned music (12%) and music streaming services (3%)

The RadioApp can be downloaded through the App Store and Google Play.