AOL has launched two new apps for Apple's iPhone that will allow users to listen to more than 26,000 internet radio stations and hold instant messaging conversations from their handsets.

The SHOUTcast Radio app lets users browse radio stations, which cover more than 30 genres of music and even offer talk, community and world programmes. Stations can be searched by name, stream quality or popularity. Alternatively, users can simply shake their iPhone or iPod touch to change radio stations.

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AOL has also launched the ICQ for iPhone app that lets iPhone and iPod Touch users hold instant message conversations without the need for a PC. Users will benefit from the ability to hold multiple IM conversations and also send images taken with the phone's camera directly to their IM buddies.

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"Our new SHOUTcast Radio and ICQ apps further expand our offerings for iPhone and continue our drive to provide consumers with access to our world-class products and services anytime, anywhere," said Kevin Conroy, Executive Vice President, AOL.

Both apps are available free of charge from the iTunes app store.

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