SomaFM Radio Player 12+


Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 382 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


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. 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."

Features include:

- 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.
NuJazz/Avant Garde/Euro-jazz.

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.

What’s New

Version 1.14.0

Fixes bug with right swiping to get back to channel selector

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
382 Ratings

382 Ratings

JollyDogSF ,

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.

Martinkelley ,

Why can’t we listen to the best streams?

Update: Since I wrote the first review four years ago the default rate in the app has gone up to 128k. This makes me happy and I use it much more!

Old: I love the SomaFM network. Love! I have a monthly donations set up and stations like Poptron, Secret Agent, and Suburbs of Goa power my commute. But why is the bandwidth on the official app so low? I have it set to “Always High” but most of the stations play at 64k AAC. I have the same station playing on a generic radio app and it’s 128 AAC. So the stream is there. Even with cheap earbuds the quality difference is enough to skip the app. It seems a shame. This would be one of my most-used apps if it simply played at a higher bitrate.

Khunya ,

My life blood

I don’t know how I’d survive without Soma. I’ve been listening since the early 2000’s and I’ve put it on every single day since then. It’s given me so much exposure to music that I otherwise likely wouldn’t have found otherwise (special shout out to Illinois Street Lounge, Groove Salad/GS Classic, and Secret Agent).

It’s second nature for me to turn it on while driving, working, cooking, cleaning, reading, you name it. Far and away the best radio ever and I hope it stays around for my entire lifetime because as I mentioned before I don’t know how I’d live without it. Massive thanks to Rusty and the rest of the Soma team, keep it up!

App Privacy

The developer, SomaFM, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

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