A few months ago AOL launched a music app for Android phones called AOL Play. Now the free app is available for iPhone as well. The free app works as a replacement for your music player, importing tracks from your phone’s library. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because the app also lets you stream hundreds of free songs over the internet every day.

From the music screen you can choose “My Music,” for songs stored on your device or CD Listening Party to stream full-length albums from selected artists. The list of albums will change over time.

There’s also a feed of MP3s of the day and exclusive tracks from artists that have played the SXSW music festival.

The Play button in the center takes you to a pretty nifty screen which shows a scrolling stream of album art for all available music. You can tap any image to open the selected album or view the MP3 of the Day list.

AOL Play also includes SHOUTcast integration, which lets you stream 47,000 different internet radio stations to your device. Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be any way to search for stations by name. Instead you have to browse by genre. But once you do find stations you like you can add them to a favorites list.

The app also features a social element which allows you to share what you’re listening to with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. You can also listen to previews of songs from your friends, leave comments, and receive notifications when someone follows you or leaves a comment.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...