5 Free Apps For Christmas Radio Online

The holiday season is upon us – which means there’s carols, new holiday singles, and Christmas collaborations invading the airwaves everywhere we turn. But even the biggest fans of holiday songs hate sitting through lame remakes or the same tired renditions of songs. With that in mind, we’ve collected the five best free apps for Christmas radio online to keep a melodic melange of tunes in your ear buds through the holidays.

The Best Free Christmas Radio Online

Free Christmas Radio Online

iTunes Radio
(iOS)

The first Christmas radio online app on our list is already included on every iPhone, accessible through the Music app. Although iTunes Radio doesn’t contain any traditional FM or AM radio stations, it does bring its massive music library to anyone’s fingertips in a variety of interesting ways. A great place to start are their ‘Featured Stations’, an always-changing selection of genre-specific stations or playlists created by guest DJ’s or musicians. Whether you want to play the hits or mix in a little more obscure songs, iTunes Radio gives users a number of options to customize their listening experience for Christmas this year.

Free Christmas Radio Online

Christmas RADIO
(iOS, Android)

Given the title, the inclusion of this internet radio app on our list shouldn’t be a surprise: the Christmas RADIO online app features over 50 different holiday music stations from around North America and Europe, a perfect option for the international listener or world traveler looking for some familiar holiday sounds during the holiday season. The interface isn’t the prettiest, but the app is smooth and functional. It also has a dedicated channel broadcasting from the North Pole!

Free Christmas Radio Online

TuneIn Radio
(iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

Often considered the standard for all free internet radio apps, TuneIn Radio’s massive FM station database set it head and shoulders above most of its mobile counterparts. It not only has most basic features one would want from their internet radio app (the ability to save stations, customizable buffering options) but a number of advanced features that ensure users get the most functionality out of their radio app – and in the case of the extremely useful “Car Mode”, more safe by eliminating small text and buttons altogether. There’s a paid version available with even more options (like recording live radio) but for most holiday carolers, the ad-supported version of TuneIn Radio will more than suffice.

Free Christmas Radio Online

Slacker Radio
(iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

Slacker Radio’s free app might not have all the features of the other internet radio apps on this list but thanks to its collection of unique stations and gorgeous design, it’s still one of our favorites. And as a “smart” radio app, Slacker is always paying attention to what you’re listening to, constantly curating your selection (and doing it in style) the more you listen. With a dozen different dedicated Christmas stations (and of course, the ability to create a station from any artist), Slacker is a great choice for users looking for something simple and straightforward from Christmas radio online.

Free Christmas Radio Online

iHeart Radio
(iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

iHeart Radio is akin to a Pandora and TuneIn Radio mash-up: it doesn’t quite have all the features of either, but cross-pollinates its functionality enough to make it a useful little hybrid app. It has the same customizable station options like Pandora and Slacker, and also has hundreds of live stations across the United States to listen to (similar to TuneIn and the like). It many not have every function these other apps have, but for an all-in-one solution, there aren’t many better options than iHeart Radio.

Where is your favorite place to listen to Christmas radio online? Let us know if we missed one in the comments below!

Why Black Friday TV Deals Aren’t “Deals” At All

In the weeks leading up to Black Friday, retailers have a ball throwing up announcements detailing massive savings on “top products” – particularly Black Friday TV deals, always the headliner of any retailer’s holiday offerings. There’s no arguing the discounts: they are undeniably the deepest price cuts many items will see this season. Despite that fact, Black Friday deals on TVs are not the avenues to savings one might think.

Black Friday TV Deal

The Low Quality TVs of “Black Friday TV Deals”

The most obvious problem with Black Friday TV deals is a pretty easy one to notice: the items being put on sale are of lower quality than the ones people would normally consider purchasing any of the other 364 days in a year. The cheapest items – the ones put on the front page of most circulars and headlining most email blasts – are pretty much guaranteed to be among the lowest quality products of its kind. Or last year’s model at a slightly reduced price! Look at the front page of WalMart’s Black Friday circular: it lists a 32-inch Funai (who?) 720p television for $98.

Fantastic deal, right? Not so fast. The Funai model’s 720p resolution and 60hz refresh rate immediately stand out as reasons not to buy this television. It’s a television built on half-decade old technology and left behind by the advances of the last few years.

In simpler terms, the phrase “you get what you pay for” still holds a lot of weight on Black Friday, even though the brightly-colored sale signs like to suggest otherwise. There are still plenty of deals to be found on great televisions – Best Buy has a nice collection of 1080p, 50″+ TV’s, for example – but when it comes to the items being advertised front and center, the “deals” aren’t as sweet as they look.

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Avoid the Black Friday Stress

More so, the ever-growing frenzy around Black Friday guarantees a stressful shopping trip, as hundreds of customers try and take advantage of “Doorbuster” and “Early Bird” sales. It’s not only an inconvenience for shoppers, but for employees who find themselves pushed away from their families on Thanksgiving to work overnight (or in some cases, on Thanksgiving itself, a new and disgusting retail trend that’s beginning to take hold). Standing in line, fighting over products, making your way through crowded masses of people searching for the biggest sales on specific products… for better or worse, Black Friday TV deals are a first come, first serve event on a massive scale, one that can be frustrating. And in some cases, dangerous.

There are plenty of other factors I could point to that suggest Black Friday is the last day one might want to do their holiday shopping – but in 2013, the prevalence of dressing up mediocre products as “great deals” and the ever-growing concern for human safety and sanity make Black Friday strictly a Play At Your Own Risk kind of adventure. Is it worth all that to get a great deal on a perfectly average piece of technology? That’s for you to decide.

I know where I’ll be on Black Friday: at home watching movies on my perfectly good used TV and decorating the house.