Services like Pandora, Last.fm and Rhapsody offer a huge collection of music for streaming, but all of them depend on automatic algorithms to judge your preferences and come up with music that you are likely to appreciate. While automation is good in most cases, listening to a playlist created by a computer can fall short of the mark at times. Fuzz.com is an internet radio service that is popular for hosting radio stations created and managed by its users. In addition to searching for radio stations that match your interest, you can be the DJ of your own station to share your tunes with the world. Fuzz.com has just released Fuzz Radio for iOS, which is essentially a mobile app for browsing and listening to radio streams from the website. The app scans the music library of your device and suggests stations accordingly. You can also browse through channels based on their genre or overall popularity.
If you are already a registered Fuzz.com user, you can directly sign in to the app with your credentials. Otherwise, you need to sign up for a new account for Fuzz Radio. Registration is possible via Facebook or by providing the app with your email ID. Once you are logged in, the app’s home page shows up.
The first section contains a list of all the featured stations on Fuzz Radio. Recommendations based on your local music collection can be found in the ‘My iTunes Artists’ section. The artists discovered by Fuzz Radio are listed in alphabetical order, with the total number of relevant stations for them mentioned as well. Other ways of browsing the stations include surfing the list of all the Fuzz.com DJs, selecting a particular music genre, or performing a search using the button located on the home page. You can search for artists, stations and DJs.
Each station in Fuzz Radio has a short description and list of featured artists with its name, which can help you decide whether it’s worth listening to or not. The station page also shows the total number of plays, props and favorites it has received. While listening to a song, you can give your props to it by hitting the ‘like’ button. Your props can make a DJ popular and more easily discoverable. Liking a song also adds it to the ‘My Propped Songs’ section. Thanks to this section of the app, you can purchase the song from iTunes, go to the station where you found it, or view other stations curated by that station’s DJ. There is no limit on skipping songs in Fuzz Radio, and playback continues in background when you navigate to other parts of the app, the lock screen or other apps.
Fuzz Radio offers control over streaming quality so that even those of you with low-speed internet can enjoy the app. Fuzz.com is a free service, so Fuzz Radio is available for free as well. The app only works on iOS 6, and is optimized for iPhone/iPod touch.