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Radio isn’t dead yet, but it has evolved to be something that you listen to on your own terms, picking and choosing programs to check out at your convenience. AGOGO gets this, bringing you personalized audio programming with a slick interface and a number of curated channels. It pulls in the latest radio and newswire archives, podcasts, your local and online music collections, and other audio selections across many different areas, establishing itself as an excellent one-stop shop for your mobile listening needs.
AGOGO’s stylish visuals come at a small cost to usability, with a few unintuitive quirks in how navigation affects playback. However, you'll soon learn the internal logic for what constitutes browsing episode titles and channels, and what is akin to turning the dial. Large text and liberal use of bold, high-contrast colors make it easy to see at a glance what’s playing and how long it has to go, while a built-in text-to-speech feature reads out the headers for each episode before it starts.
There are 28 curated channels, spanning the likes of local and international news, sports, morning shows, comedy, the arts, and traffic and weather updates. Non-U.S. users may be disappointed at the lack of overseas content that isn’t by the BBC, but there’s a wealth of stellar material here to match almost any taste. You can populate your favorites and a custom channel with the shows that stand out, and hide the ones you dislike. There’s also a discover feature that helps find similar content by matching keyword or creator.
The only real fault from a content perspective is that you can’t import your own feeds unless they’re integrated with Spotify or Rdio’s music-streaming services, which may be a deal-breaker for fans of podcasts that aren’t in AGOGO’s feed-crawling curation.
The bottom line. AGOGO’s personalized feeds and bold design make it a slick replacement for your radio and MP3 players of choice, though it’s held back by an arbitrary commitment to only curated feeds for news and podcasts.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later
Large, high-caliber, constantly-updated curated collection of audio from a variety of sources. Integration with Spotify and Rdio. Easy to find something awesome you haven’t heard before. Slick, bold design.
Can’t import external podcast feeds. A few minor blemishes in the design and interface.