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Listen to your favortite radio stations anywhere

Long gone are the days when you were limited to your favorite FM or AM radio station by physical location.

And while some apps are backed by big ad budgets, I have three lesser-known free apps that can help you listen to your favorite radio stations just about anywhere.

Simple Radio is a free app that gives you access to more than 30,000 FM and AM stations. Whether it’s news, sports, talk, or music, Simple Radio has it. The app also has a sleep timer and a cool feature that allows you to record content and save it for later. The app is free for iOS and Android with paid premium options available.

PCRadio is a great option for those who want to listen and have slower Internet or mobile connections. The app allows users to pick from three different levels of quality. There are built-in functions like the ability to record broadcasts, a sleep timer and the ability to search by country and genre. The app is free for iOS and Android with paid premium options available.

Radio.net users say they love the app because it’s simple and not annoying. There are also plenty of choices with more than 30,000 radio stations and podcasts from which to choose. You can search from 80 genres of music or 20 topics, such as news, politics, or religion. The app is free for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.