Spirit FM Unlocked v2013_08_05
Requirements: 2.1 and up
Overview: Spirit FM Radio Unlocked is a real, tuned, “over the air” FM radio app. It’s NOT a streaming app requiring expensive, battery consuming data plans.
No FM Support: US/LTE Galaxy S/S2/S3/Note/Note2 and many others are not capable of FM. US carriers are not allowing FM unless they can “monetize” it:
Satisfaction guaranteed or full refund. Cancel any time on request. Try as long as you need. The 15 minute rule does not apply. I have cancelled orders over a year old, but that’s mostly for Light to Unlocked upgrades for the price difference.
Spirit is mostly for Android enthusiasts who “root” & “ROM” their phones. But it also works on many stock, “store bought” phones, with or without a stock FM app.
On supported devices, Spirit is the only FM app supporting all these digital audio features:
– A2DP Bluetooth headset support.
– CD quality stereo recording.
– Internal Waveform and FFT frequency visualization with accurate 5 dB times 1 octave grid, from 43 Hz to 22 KHz.
– External visualizers, equalizers and effects.
Digital supported on: rooted International Galaxy S/S2/S3/Note/Note2/Player, rooted HTC One/OneXL/OneS/Evo 4G LTE/Xperia T and most stock Sony 2012-2013 devices.
– Personal & Fast tech support for all devices you own from me, the developer, proprietor and only “employee”. For problems, use Menu-> Test-> Email-> Logs & after 20 seconds press Send.
– Digital audio features on supported devices (see above): Bluetooth, Record, Visualization, Equalizer & Effects.
– RDS data display in App, Lock-screen & Notification window. RT, PS, PTY, PI & AF RadioText RT, Program Service PS, Program Type PTY, Program ID PI & Alternate Frequency AF.
– Lock-screen & Wired Headset Media Button support for mute, preset, seek, volume & record.
– Many settings: Audio, UI, AF, Digital & Debug categories.
– Unlimited Presets & Preset Lists.
FAQ / Frequently Asked Questions:
I understand the price may seem high, but this is a niche app with a high tech support burden. The gracious support of customers keep Spirit alive and improving.
How many other “Real FM Radio” apps are on Google Play ? Two: 1 for Galaxy S only and one repackaged Motorola app.
Why ? Because Android FM is extremely difficult. Google doesn’t support FM radio and carriers suppress it. Intensive reverse engineering is required. In the over 2 years since Spirit was first created, nobody else has been “crazy” enough to attempt to compete in this niche.
Spirit is not a throwaway game app you play for a few days. How many hours will you spend listening to FM radio in the next several years ?
How much can you save on data plans by listening to free, over the air radio versus streaming ?
If you care about app quality, note CNet article “We’re not paying enough for apps”:
Spirit is not a one time purchase. It’s ongoing technical assistance, fixes, new device support & features.
I’m one developer and Spirit FM Radio is my only app and income. I’m trying to do a job Google said they couldn’t for lack of developer resources.
I personally answer every email or post on my XDA thread, usually within 12-24 hours, 7 days a week.
Your support will help keep Spirit FM Radio alive and improving.
For tons of further info, and links to free test versions, please see my XDA thread for Spirit FM Radio:
July 31: Fix nasty bug due to Android SDK update. Most notable on ICS ROMs on ARMv6 SOCs, where the FM wouldn’t start, but may have also prevented audio from working on some devices.