SomaFM's official app, giving you access to over 30 year-round channels of listener-supported, commercial-free, underground/alternative radio, with all music hand-picked our award-winning DJs and music directors.
Lifehacker.com calls SomaFM one of the "Five Best Internet Radio Services" and says "completely user and listener-supported, which means no ads or commercials during your broadcasts, and the channels and programs aired at SomaFM are rarely heard anywhere else."
- No registration required; no additional purchases required!
- View stations by Popularity, Genre or your favorites
- Shows name and artist of currently playing song and history of songs played.
- Siri Shortcuts
- Bookmark, Share title and search iTunes for the playing song
- Background streaming: use other apps while listening.
- Stream to AppleTV & Airplay devices; Qualcomm® AllPlay™ compatible speakers; Chromecast
- Integration with many car stereo units via Dock Connector or Bluetooth
- Remote control: Pause and restart playing as well as skip between favorite channels from your headphone remote, lock screen controls.
- High and low bandwidth streaming: 128k MP3 and 64-80kb AAC-HE (high); great-sounding 32kb AAC-HE and good-quality 40kb MP3 (low).
- AAC-HE support for highest quality audio even at the lowest bitrates.
Never listened to SomaFM before? Here's our lineup, which are all commercial free:
Groove Salad: A nicely chilled plate of ambient/downtempo beats and grooves.
Downtempo electronica, mostly instrumental. Great for work.
Secret Agent: The soundtrack for your stylish, mysterious, dangerous life. For Spies and P.I.s too!
An eclectic blend of cinematic downtempo, stylish lounge, sambas and easy-tempo with an adventurous flair.
Drone Zone: Served best chilled, safe with most medications. Atmospheric textures with minimal beats.
Fluid: Drown in the electronic sound of instrumental hiphop, future soul and liquid trap.
Indie Pop Rocks!: New and classic favorite indie pop tracks.
Left Coast 70s: NEW! Mellow album rock from the Seventies. Yacht friendly.
The mid/late 70s sound that blossomed out of Los Angeles and spread up and down the west coast.
cliqhop idm: Blips'n'beeps backed mostly w/beats. Intelligent Dance Music.
Beat Blender: A late night blend of deep-house and downtempo chill.
Dub Step Beyond: Dubstep, Dub and Deep Bass. The place for Bass Music!
The Trip: Progressive house / trance. Tip top tunes.
Illinois Street Lounge: Classic bachelor pad, playful exotica and vintage music of tomorrow.
Space Station Soma: Tune in, turn on, space out. Spaced-out ambient and mid-tempo electronica.
Doomed: Dark industrial/ambient music for tortured souls.
Boot Liquor: Americana Roots music for Cowhands, Cowpokes and Cowtippers
Lush: Sensuous and mellow vocals, mostly female, with an electronic influence.
Digitalis: Digitally affected analog rock to calm the agitated heart.
Suburbs of Goa: Desi-influenced Asian world beats and beyond.
ThistleRadio: Exploring music from Celtic roots and branches
Crafted by Fiona Ritchie, award-winning host and curator of NPR's syndicated Thistle and Shamrock radio show.
Underground 80s: Early 80s UK Synthpop and a bit of New Wave, with rarities you forgot you remembered.
Sonic Universe: Transcending the world of jazz with eclectic, avant-garde takes on tradition.
PopTron: Electropop and indie dance rock with sparkle and pop.
Less guitars, more synths.
Metal Detector: From black to doom, prog to sludge, thrash to post, stoner to crossover, punk to industrial.
Mission Control: Ambient and experimental music mixed with the historical sounds of the space program.
SomaFM SF 10-33: Live San Francisco Fire and Police radio with an electronic music soundtrack.
• Performance improvements when switching between different audio devices
• Fixed issue of player not restarting after using video camera
• No longer stops audio to take still photo
• Update UI to provide easier access to Airplay
• Updated Chromecast support
Ratings and Reviews
Wow! 😃 App is awesome, just like streams!
I’ve enjoyed SOMA-FM for two decades! I’d have had various streams playing in my home for hours, sometimes days(!) at a time. Seemed like there was a station for almost any gathering, or any mood. Friends I’ve told about SOMA-FM are all grateful for the tip. (Lots of friends also proudly wear Soma-FM t-shirts. Cool, until three of us arrive at a party wearing the same shirt. Haha)
As much as I’ve loved the website and stations, I began heavily using streaming apps, and those got all my attention in the past decade. I’ve come to highly value ease-of-use music apps which are conveniently on my iPhone. Web-based services didn’t get my love any longer. Sadly, SOMA-FM got back-burnered.
But, wut?!! SOMA-FM now has an app for iOS?!! Game-changer!
I’m so happy to discover this app! The user interface and performance functionality is professional-grade, as though they’ve got a massive tram of developers supporting it. All my old favorite stations are there, plus a boatload of new stations! The ease-of-use is particularly impressive. Beautiful user experience with lightning-fast execution of tasks.
And again, I am stoked about the new stations!
Thank you, SOMA-FM! I look forward to the third decade of enjoyment of your wonderfully-, lovingly-curated stations.
Great for indie music
The more I use the app the more I like it. I got a response that the song that is playing is on top— which is good to know. You can bookmark it too (press & hold song) so that you can find it later.
I really enjoy listening to the Underground 80s and also DEF CON a lot. And I’m sure that soon I will find more channels that I like as well. This is a hidden gem that takes time getting used to.
Love the idea of this radio app— no ads, just music. However the interface could be more user friendly. It’s hard to tell which song is playing so by the time you want to click on it favorite it it might be over. Took me a while to figure out how to do even that. My favorite station is the Indie Pop.
But I also like Left Coast 70s, PopTron and Vaporwaves— though I haven’t really listened to them much. Good app for indie music without ads, yet it could definitely be improved by highlighting which song is playing. And more genres/ stations would be better because it’s limited. Nice overall.
Developer Response ,
Hi! Just to clarify this is our app for listening to SomaFM's broadcasts, we are a dj-driven, human curated radio service. The top of the list is the song now playing, the rest of the list is the history of what we have played before that.
That's also why we're limited in the genres/formats we broadcast; we're not trying to complete with other popular radio services-- we're trying to provide music programming that is hard to find other places.
Glad you're enjoying some of our channels!
Favorite Music App!
I’ve been listening to SomaFM for YEARS! Long before all of these streaming services were in existence. I recently noticed that the app now comes with a $7.99 fee to download and all I can say is FINALLY!! When I added the app, it was at no cost, but I’ve since donated and purchased merch to support. And will continue to support! So for anyone who doesn’t want to pay, let that energy go. It’s totally worth every penny.
Thanks for providing commercial-free and sucka-free music for the masses!!! ❤️
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- 51.8 MB
- Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.3 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
- Requires macOS 11 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Apple TV
- Requires tvOS 10.2 or later.
English, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- © 2009-2020 SomaFM.com, LLC
- In-App Purchases
- The Tunes are Great! $2.99
- Thanks for the love $9.99
- Nice Set! $0.99
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