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.
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.
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!
Update: 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. Old: 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.
I’ve been listening to SomaFM for… a long time… has to be more than 15 years at least. They cover several genres and are a great resource to become exposed to new artists from all over the world. This app is totally worth it to be able to listen while on the go. User interface is good and allows me to add my favorite stations to a list for quick and easy access. If you like SomaFM why not support them by purchasing the app. If you don’t know what SomaFM is, go visit their website and start listening.
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!!! ❤️
I've been listening to SomaFM for at least 15 years. "Indie Pop Rocks!", "Groove Salad" and "Metal Detector" are basically my life's soundtrack. This is one of what feels like the last few vestiges of the "old" Internet where everything wasn't a subscription, services weren't about "engagement" and funneling your data to brokers and, now, apparently, feeding AI training sets, and building cool things that didn't end in acquisition or IPO was actually cool. Thanks for existing!
Love the app and great selection of music; listen to it a lot. It seems that a recent iOS update causes a conflict that didn’t exist before. Adjusting the volume on the app causes a similar adjustment to the master volume control for my iPhone. If Soma volume is turned down for drifting off to sleep, the phone won’t ring, etc. Missed some calls before got it figured out; easy to demonstrate. Using iPhone SE, some other phones may not be affected.
No song history for any channels upon launching app now. Swipe to the right from Now Playing screen shows a blank screen even though Channels icon is displayed in the bottom. Have to tap another icon and back to see channels. Can’t believe these issues still haven’t been fixed after 2 months. Edit… bugs have been fixed! Thanks for the quick update. 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!
... back in the days when the students did the programming, engineering, and announcing; bought the LPs, beer, and popcorn; slept on the tumbling mats liberated from the ancient gym; and played only music they were passionate about. Music that mattered. Music that just had to be shared with everyone within the area where the signal decided to travel. That’s what Soma brings to these uncertain days. And obviously I think they do it just right.
This app is still one of my favorite music apps, and I've never once regretted paying for it. I am bothered by a couple of things, though. Sometimes the music from the app keeps playing after I've left the app, and I'm not sure why. And I really wish it wasn't so hard to like a song and then pull up the menu that shows up when you tap a song without not liking it. Otherwise, a solid music app for several years running, and hopefully for several more.
This station has been part of my life since I was 16 (I’m now 34). It’s gotten me through many long nights of studying or even longer drives to my parent’s house. I do a little happy dance every time they play a song recognize on Indie Pop Rocks! and another when they play a song I love that’s new to me. I donate every year because this site/app has been priceless to me. BAGEL Radio is another favorite and I can’t wait for Christmas every year. SomaFM, I LOVE YOU!
Soma FM: Something for every musical taste AND MORE
I’ve been a fan and supporter of Soma FM for years. What’s not to like? This commercial free, listener supported streaming music resource is a one-of-a-kind, diverse collection of ever-changing programming that never disappoints. Please, check it out, give it a listen, and support this original musical experience that has literally something for everyone. In case you can’t tell, I LOVE SOMA FM, and you will, too!
Terrific app with a satisfying variety of channels
I really like this app and use it for background soundscapes in a wide variety of settings. It is worth every penny of the modest cost. I’m glad I bought it every day. One improvement I would like to suggest - if the sound could fade out instead of cut off when I use the timer, it would make falling asleep to it a perfect experience. Thanks, devs!
I love Soma FM! Been a long time listener for years. I just bought a car with CarPlay and I am so impressed that they went through the effort of developing an app for the car platform! Couldn’t recommend this enough. If you enjoy it, be sure to set up a monthly donation. These guys put out all of this content for free with zero ad revenue, so pitch in and keep it alive!
Needs better highlighting of the music now playing
When you wish to favorite a song it's confusing. Highlight the song playing with an unmistakable presence. You app & website both share this displeasure in common. Scroll the text make the text white, highlight the whole of the tab & information pertaining to the song playing in my opinion. #loveSomaFmSecretAgent&dubstepBeyond
thanks for responding to my other fix request! 2 other small things if u can- these were part of previous versions- 1- when the app opens can it default to FAVORITES instead of LISTENERS? 2- is it possible to show again the continuous stream of previously played songs on the channels-? with current version, every time it opens it starts from the current song and no other songs- it used to show played songs and the time they were played! it was always nice to see what was playing already, like you're joining a party in progress! thank you!!
I’ve been listening off and on for over 20 years. First found it in iTunes Radio in early 2000. Keep it up Rusty! But please switch back to the old look as it’s much easier to find the stations. If the change was for 504 compliance, no problem.
I’ve been listening to SomaFM ever since I discovered Indie Pop Rocks! Back in 2005. I appreciate being able to use their app instead of having to search for them in some other music program. Now, if only we can convince them to make an Apple Watch app.
I downloaded this app a few years ago and have found myself using it constantly. We put vibes on in the background and in the car and never have to deal with ads or monthly fees. What a rare treat in this greedy streaming landscape!
I just discovered SomaFM, which on one hand is great because I now have a 24/7 source of great music, but in the other hand it’s terrible because now I know that I’ve been missing out for years! Seriously, SomaFM is amazing!
This is one of my most frequently used apps, no question. The only thing keeping me from giving it 5⭐️ is that it doesn't show any song information when Chromecasting — just the station graphic and description. I would love to know the artist, title and album without having to unlock my phone. Thanks for a great set of stations, Rusty & Co.!
When this app is installed, and Siri is asked for instance “play rhinestone cowboy”, she replies “I need to access your somafm data. Is that okay?” I tried this on my iPhone and my iPad. If you remove the app the question goes away. If you reinstall the app the question reappears.
Excellent app - and an easy way to support independent radio!
Sure you can listen to these channels free on the SomaFM website, but this app is just so convenient and polished. So go ahead, chuck them a few bucks to buy the freakin app already! You’ll be helping them to keep the tunes flowing, and you won’t regret it! :)
Whatever your musical tastes are you are bound to find at least two stations you will want to listen to. I listen to Left Coast 70s, Boot Liquor, and Deep Space mostly. Unique songs, not the standard playlists you hear on commercial radio. I love this app for helping me discover new music.
SomaFM is truly one of a kind. No advertising, no tracking. A pure rarity in todays age where even the most insignificant apps track and sell everything they can get their grubby paws on. I look forward to being a supporter for the foreseeable future.
Greatest app for EVERY mood / event type. From Groove Salad channel for uptempo techno, to Boot Liquor for folk/country, and everything in between. Love the oddball stuff too, like the SFPD police scanner channel with groovy music in background! You discover new tunes and artists all the time. Fantastic.
Please support SomaFM and purchase this app. If you are downloading this, or at least considering it, chances are you don't need to be sold on SomaFM. The app is simple and extremely user friendly. You also get the added benefit of supporting something you already love, and that's a really nice feeling.
I love this app. A wide variety of mostly relaxing music. Drone Zone is my favorite and I like the Space Music stuff, too. But all of the stations are excellent. The app works well and I often use it to read or meditate or fall asleep. Chromecast makes it even better. Thanks!
I have been listening a long time and was excited to recently find there is an app. I have no problem paying for it. It's worth it. I often go to sleep listening to the Drone Zone, so I love the 30 minute timer. Brilliant!!
A music app where u pay once and use for life??!! Yes please. One thing that bothers me is fact that the app needs better support for very low volumes for when AirPods connected. There’s a huge jump in volume going from 5% sound volume to 4%!
I really love Soma fm but the app leaves much to be desired. Doesn't seem to work very well outside the US. I keep getting network errors and spinning status icons. But, once I use a VPN to connect back to the States, everything magically works. I have better luck just streaming the radio from the website in my phone's mini-browser than using the app.
The Department Store Christmas Music channel is the best old-school channel for Christmas music. Better than Pandora's Boston Pops Christmas channel, in my opinion. I'm talking to a generation born in the early 50s. You may disagree, but the programmer has this dialed in for my choice of great Holiday music.
I've been listening to SomaFM for years. Great channels--chill, electronica, alternative, lounge. Commercial free! Super-fun Christmas channels. This is a free app with no charges. That's right. But if you listen, then donate. I do because I want these guys to stick around. New CarPlay functionality is icing on the cake. A cake of tasty music.
I like the music, but Soma needs a higher resolution option. At least 256 AAC. Or even better, 1411. It is accepted that 128 kbps is just is not high enough to avoid losing too much of the quality. It is 2017, not 2007. People have faster connections and bigger data plans and WiFi now and so we can handle higher resolution music streaming.
Groove salad has been a part of my life for 17 years now. I love everyone who created soma fm and kept soma fm alive. so glad it is still going strong. Groove salad is the best ambient / downtempo station I have ever been able to find.
We have been listening soma for 5 years now and we include music everywhere we go, friends, dinner, car, nature we just love going with the vibe and it always matches our vibe as well. Thank you so much.
I have enjoyed SomaFM since I discovered SquidRadio (now Groove Salad) way back in the early 2000’s! Now expanded with many more fantastic stations, SomaFM is an easy choice for any and all listening excursions! Highest recommendation!
I enjoy a wide range of genres, but almost all of these songs are not mainstream. It was too difficult to find a good station for me. Although, if you like non-mainstream, unknown, alternative music then you may want to check this out. I gave it 3 stars for the concept of providing free music.
All music streaming apps should strive 2 b like THIS. Period. I play this a lot @ night asI like 2 chillax & my taste runs way left of mainstream. I prefer a unique xperience when it comes 2 music. This is it. 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️all the way!
The Soma FM channel is the #1 channel available for ambient music. I have contributed a small amount of money to keep their programs free of commercials. Please try to help them if you are using this app.
THANK U for creating a super cool app with thousands of options of different music right @ my fingertip! No need for an MP3 player or to waste money on buying music by singles anymore! Absolutely recommend!
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." 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.