MakeUseOf has previously raved about Sky.fm as a portable streaming music fix, and that experience has now been brought to Windows Phone users. Instead of a streaming music service where you can choose what to listen to, Sky.FM acts as a radio station where you listen to whatever happens to be on at that moment. Whether you are a free user or a paid user determines whether or not you hear adverts. Plus you can pick which genre to listen to, and which time period, and the app does the rest.
There is a slightly different design approach to the Windows Phone app, compared to say iOS or Android, with Windows Phone seeming to favour the larger fonts. Still, the app delivers 65+ stations, with the music curated by a channel manager who is an expert in that genre / time period. Maybe this is why there never seems to be a moment when a bad song is on.
You can choose from genres and time periods such as Pop, Rock, 70s, 80s, 90s, Smooth Jazz, Romantic, Easy Listening, International Music, and many more. Also, you can pin channels to your start screen for easy access later, and stream the music in the background while you do something else.
At a time when the idea of listening to a “radio” seems to be a relic of the past, with users choosing what to listen to instead, apps like Sky.FM do a good job of bringing the tradition back to life.