Salwart of the DAB radio scene, Pure’s added internet radio smarts has lead to it branching out into the app market. Pure Lounge offers a world of online radio from its existing portal so that you can now choose over 16,000 worldwide stations straight from your Android handset and synch with existing Pure Lounge accounts.
The first thing you notice when you fire up Pure Lounge is that the user interface isn’t a massive assault on the senses. While many other internet radio apps chuck an overwhelming amount of information at you in seemingly random fashion, Pure Lounge eases you into its world gently, offering up a selection of the top live and on-demand programmes as well as carefully curated staff picks, such as Latest News, Brit Awards etc…
Once you’ve navigated your way around the Lounge, you can tag your favourites and create playlists – a good investment of time as it means that Pure Lounge can then offer up suggestions – a handy feature when there’s 16,000 stations and 5,000 podcasts on offer.
Of course, the service makes even more sense if you’re using in conjunction with your desktop and a Pure internet radio, so that you can sync up your home choices for on-the go listening, but even as a stand-alone service this opens up a world of listening.
We found that the app can be a little laggy and sometimes buffering can take longer than it should, but we can put up with minor glitches in exchange for such a great interface.
There’s also the option of a subscription-based music service, Pure Music. For £4.99 per month it offers Spotify-style listening on your radio, desktop or mobile with the option to download straight to your chosen device. It may not be as comprehensive as Spotify, but it’s a neat solution for any existing Pure acolytes.
The bottom line
Whether you’re tuned in to the Pure universe or not, this app is a great discovery service for any lovers of radio. If Pure can iron out minor glitches, then this is definitely one to watch (or listen to).