Live365 Radio - Music & Talk sets itself apart from other streaming music services by offering only stations where the playlists are created by humans instead being generated by a computer algorithm. Operating since 1999, Live365 lets individuals and organizations create their own stations, which has resulted in the availability of thousands of stations in "hundreds of music genres covering everything imaginable, ranging from Rock, Classical, Jazz, Electronic, Country, Gospel, Pop, Hip-Hop/R&B, International, Reggae, Broadway, Meditation, Oldies, Talk, and more."
With such a large selection, finding the right station can consume a lot of browsing time. The Live365 Roku app home screen tries to help by offering selections under Featured Genres, Editors Picks, Trending Genres, Top Stations, and New Stations. There is no descriptive information about the stations you're browsing, and fortunately many station names help. Names like The Sounds of Brazil, That 70's Channel, and Black Gospel Radio leave little doubt about their musical focus, and genres and sub-genres are shown for each station when you're browsing outside of a genre listing.
Live365 provides few customizations with the Roku app. The app doesn't provide the ability to save any stations as favorites and it doesn't show you recently-visited stations. If you find a station you like, you will need to remember the station name to find it again. The app's search function if very rudimentary - it searches only on station names and searches exactly what you enter. For example, "70s" will bring up stations with "70s" in the title, but you'll find "That 70's Station" (which is listed as a top station) only if you search for "70's" with an apostrophe.
All things considered, Live365 is a nice alternative to Pandora and other streaming services if you're tired of hearing the same songs over and over on those algorithm-generated playlists. But the app needs work to make it more user friendly in terms of finding and saving stations.
-- Information is current as of November 18, 2022
CHANNEL STORE DESCRIPTION: Live365 Radio is a diverse online radio network featuring thousands of human powered radio stations created by people and organisations from around the world. With Live365 Radio, anyone can easily discover and listen to unique internet radio stations anywhere they go. Live365 Radio allows listeners to easily find the perfect station for any taste enabling the discovery of music and talk content you won’t find or hear anywhere else.
CHANNEL STORE CATEGORY: Music
DEVELOPER: Live365 Broadcaster, LLC