Get the RFA Mobile App (free):
Google Play Store (Android)
When first opening the app after installing on an Android device, you will be asked: “Stop optimizing battery usage?” Select “ALLOW“.
If you select “DENY”, when your device is not connected to a power source and you allow the screen to go dark, the app will stop playing music after 5 minutes of inactivity. This is due to a battery-saving feature introduced by Android beginning with Version 6. Selecting “ALLOW” lets the Radio Free Americana app run in the background, not restricting its battery usage.
Apple iTunes Store (iOS)
Amazon Store (Fire)
Following are screenshots (resized for display purposes) of the RFA Mobile App:
By default, the RFA Mobile App will play our 64kbps AAC+ stream when you click “Listen Now”. If you prefer to listen to the 128kbps MP3 stream, you can access it via the app’s drop-down box (see illustration above).
When listening on your mobile device over a cellular network, we recommend the 64kbps AAC+ stream. Because it requires less bandwidth, (1) it will be the most reliable option on networks with limited capacity, and (2) it will conserve data usage (possibly saving you money if your data plan is limited). Importantly, an AAC+ stream at 64kbps sounds nearly the same as a MP3 stream at 128kbps.
IMPORTANT: By clicking the “Contact” icon in the mobile app, you can send us a message. Please note, however, that the mobile app only provides for one-way correspondence. We cannot reply via the mobile app. Therefore, if you seek a reply, please enter your email address in the message.
RFA Web Players:
From your mobile device, click the web player link below…
Once opened, you will see a drop-down arrow at the top of the player which allows you to toggle between the RFA 64kbps AAC+ Stream or the RFA 128kbps MP3 Stream depending on your preference. Please note that some browsers may prevent auto-play, requiring you to click the play arrow.
Important note: if you experience buffering with one stream, try the other stream. One stream (64kbps AAC+ or 128kbps MP3) may perform better than the other, depending on your browser, your network, or the current RFA server status. As for sound quality, 64kbps AAC+ and 128kbps MP3 are nearly identical, even though the 64kbps AAC+ stream requires half the bandwidth.
Web player features include:
- Instant-loading live playlist displaying the last 10+ songs played
- accessible in the popup player by clicking the “last played” icon (left of the mute/volume control)
- Album artwork
- Amazon & Apple Music purchase links
Disclaimer: RFA web players include display ads. These ads are required by the developer (who is solely responsible for the placement of ads) in order to offset development and maintenance costs. RFA receives no revenue from these ads nor does RFA endorse any of the advertisers or their products or services. In any event, ads do not interrupt the audio stream.
Still need help tuning in? Contact us and we’ll help you get it sorted.