Fred, your message about TuneIn vs. NextRadio made me curious about the FM radio app that came standard with my HTC phone that I purchased from T-mobile a year and a half ago. I was assuming it was a streaming radio app of some sort, but when I fired it up, the alert message stated that I needed to plug in a headset to act as an antenna.
To my surprise, my old (what I consider now outdated) phone already had the FM chip enabled. I turned off Wi-Fi and mobile network access to be sure this was really pure FM and it is. It works good too. So I had the feature all along but didn't even know about it.
For a moment I was excited to think I could possibly use the Next Radio app for my non-Sprint phone, but, apparently it's not available through the play store for this model. I can use the FM portion of the phone but not
with the NextRadio app. Bummer.
I believe the key difference between NextRadio and its competitors is the fact that NextRadio doesn't require data to stream, but instead streams broadcast through its FM receiver built in Sprint phones. I believe that's the main advantage NextRadio has: Free (not in every aspects, but in regards to listening). In regards to song metadata, I believe there is no difference or at least nothing to really differentiate between the two.
There's also the issue of user interactive capability with the radio stations. I think NextRadio is working on expanding the line-up of stations that are willing to adopt. Apparently some stations are taking a wait and see attitude. At any rate, managemnt could have done a better job differentiating themselves from the competition on last weeks presentation to investors.