iHeartRadio

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iHeartRadio

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iHeartRadio is an Internet radio platform. Since its creation in 2008, the service has expanded its offerings to include music recommendations, customizable stations, podcasts, and a radio network with content from more than 800 iHeartMedia stations across the United States. In 2014, iHeartRadio introduced the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which continue to attract hosts of popular artists. In 2015, artists Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and Sam Smith won the “Innovator,” “Artist of the Year,” and “Best New Artist” awards, respectively. iHeartRadio regularly hosts concerts in Los Angeles and New York City, with ticket contests featured across the 800 stations. 

The Good

iHeartRadio is a platform for curated music, with a wide range of features:

  • The service is completely free. There are no hidden charges or paid packages available. However, you can choose to upgrade, which is not free.
  • iHeartRadio offers 19 genre stations, more than 400,000 artists, 15 million songs, and 1,500 live radio stations.
  • Users may create their own stations according to genre or artist. These curated stations display lyrics and artist bios and include links to purchase songs from other vendors, like Amazon and iTunes.
  • All custom-made stations are commercial-free.
  • While listening to live radio, the website displays a station page with links to the station's official website. The page also displays the station's genre, location, and latest tweet, in addition to the current host's name and the schedule for other hosts that day.
  • Users can upvote or downvote songs as they play. Upvoting a song will make it play more often, while downvoting a song will ensure it never plays again.
  • Live radio station pages display the name, artist, and album art for each song that plays. This display updates constantly, even when users aren't currently listening.
  • iHeartRadio is available in an app.
  • The iHeartRadio platform also offers a wide range of podcasts, sorted by popularity and category. Categories range from Health and Food to the Paranormal.

The Bad

  • As an online streaming service, iHeartRadio's music quality is subject to the strength of users' Internet connections. Songs are not available for download through the site, even for a price.
  • iHeartRadio does not allow users to make playlists of their favorite songs, which means that users are at the mercy of the station's song order.
  • Custom stations are limited to one seed, which means that users can't create stations that feature more than one artist or genre. Stations generated by artist-especially composers with a wide range of material-are rarely harmonious.
  • Users can't navigate music on the iHeartRadio site using their keyboards.
  • Compared to other curated radio services, iHeartRadio offers relatively few songs.
  • Users may only skip fifteen songs per day, and six per hour per station. Once a user has reached this limit, the only way to switch songs is to switch stations entirely. Returning to a station will only replay the current song. The skip limit also applies to songs longer than three or four minutes.
  • Upvoting, downvoting, or skipping a song cannot be undone. Once a song has been skipped, even in error, that skip counts toward the daily limit and users can't play it again until it returns organically. Once a song has been disliked, it will never play again unless a user locates it through the search tool and upvotes it independently.
  • There is no option to censor explicit lyrics.
  • Users can't rewind, fast-forward, or record music while it's playing.
  • When using Google Chromecast or the Xbox app, users can only stream iHeartMedia-owned radio stations. Radio stations owned by other media companies are only available on the website or the mobile app.

The Bottom Line

iHeartRadio's extensive offerings set it apart from most other radio streaming services available online. It is available on more platforms, with more options for customizability, but interaction is fairly limited. iHeartRadio's curated service is best suited for people who enjoy live radio and don't mind switching stations or enduring mediocre sound quality to find music they enjoy. Audiophiles, look elsewhere.

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User Reviews

2.4

27 Reviews

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karel dejong
July 13th, 2018 Jerome, ID DETAILS
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Iheartradio is extremely annoying with commercials, going to cancel my subscription. If you pause your headset with certain commercials they come right back and start at the beginning again.

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Alicia Holman
July 12th, 2018 Gilbert, AZ DETAILS
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Loved the music and the setup, but the App crashed frequently. I like the App better now than in the beginning.

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cassie
July 10th, 2018

Kept getting ads for a car lot non stop for two weeks. I live in Sydney the car lot was in Belconnen a suburb in the national capital of Canberra 180 miles away.

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Rhonda stewart
July 10th, 2018 Queen Creek, AZ

Love this music choice. Lots of great selections. No cost to listen to channels live

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Brayden D.
July 6th, 2018 Gilbert, AZ

IHeartRadio was my first choice of music and it was pretty great. It had all the radio options and I was able to find my favorite music!!

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Estefi Arreola Leyva
June 29th, 2018 Gilbert, AZ

I used use IHeartRadio a lot when I was younger, it was a good app. The app played different stations from around the country. The app is like an actual radio which I thought was cool. What was also cool, is you can play streaming music when you leave the app and go onto other apps.

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michelle l pierce
June 26th, 2018 Gilbert, AZ

Great music, Easy to use and lots of selections.

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Trent Allen
June 25th, 2018 Queen Creek, AZ

I love the many different options to listen to. Super easy to use app. I have my favorite stations and they are available to me any time I want to listen.

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Bob McCorry
June 14th, 2018 Wakefield, MA

My complaint is about iHeartRadio station WBZ in Boston MA. The overnight host 12am to 5am, Bradley J. is ridiculous. Constantly bashing the President of the United States. WBZ is a fairly conservative station with very smart talk hosts. Bradley J. is not one of them.

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Bella Houtz
June 12th, 2018 South Jordan, UT

IHeartRadio has great music all the time and nice to listen to on the go.

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Sadie Scoville
June 12th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT

I really like iHeart radio, but all of the songs that they play are the same and there is no variety. I hear the song "the middle" all the time and the songs just get old.

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Sally Johnson
May 29th, 2018 Bountiful, UT DETAILS
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I loved i Heart radio when they were available on the Reciva.com platform. I could listen on my internet radio. Some reason they changed formats from AAC to AAC Plus locked it down so you must be on their app to listen. as a result I found other stations to listen to such as the stations from Cumulus media and others

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Ron Loupus
May 14th, 2018 Miami, FL

Real Oldies - Feedback and The Classic Rock Channel For the Real Oldies Channel" What a fantastic station. I listen in my car through my bluetooth and from my laptop. It is rare to ever hear a song repeated . You find songs that are not the average everyday oldies' stations played songs. You also play songs by artists that are the most well-known, so we hear lost songs and rarely played as well as their best ones. I would just recommend you do about 3-5 twin spins each hour if you can so we can jam with the same artist. Like a 3fer or twofer block of the same group. Maybe once every once in a while play 2 or 3 by the same group like an oldies rock block. :Stones, Bobby Vee, Guess Who, etc or BJ Thomas, Looking Glass, Edison Lighthouse, Alan Jackson, Turtles, Gary Puckett, etc. I believe its from Milwaukee. I live in Miami, FL Thank you for your consideration. Ron For the Classic Rock Channel? I love this station. I grew up with this music and try to see the groups when they tour. Recently saw the Eagles in Miami recently. I saw Paul Mcartney, Boston, Styx, Bad Company, Eddie Money, Heart, Foreigner, Van Halen, and some others. I love 2fer Tuesday. I have it on as much as possible. Can you do some 3fer rock blocks sometime. It can be on Tuesday or an alternate day to play a 3fer rock block, holiday weekend, or as a treat to your listeners. I have recommended your stations to many people. Thank you, Ron

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Don
May 1st, 2018 Montegut, LA DETAILS
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Probably better than Pandora but you'll never figure that out because navigating this system is frustrating and well... very frustrating.

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Mike Shree
February 20th, 2018

I went to GTA HOME AND RENO SHOW. I was asked to fill a former and lucky draw will take place at 5 pm. I was there are 4.59 pm after waiting for 1.5 hrs. She said she will do the draw in 5 mins. I went again. She kept on lying. Looks like a scam to collect your personal information. Just be aware.

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Office Manager
January 26th, 2018 Provo, UT

I had forgotten why I stopped using iheart radio and tried it again this morning. I got one song and then it stopped. Refreshing the page doesn't work, I have to completely close it and log in again and then it happens all over. Extremely frustrating!

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Sam
January 16th, 2018 Littleton, CO

It is disturbing the slow degeneration of your classic rock station 103.5 fox in Denver. The Rick Lewis show in particular has become the "go to" radio show for soft porn. If it isn't moaning on air while they give each other "massages" to the "Porn star birthdays" segment or their most recent decision to talk about "oral sex" while we all commute to our jobs. Thanks 103.5 for becoming the Sodom and Gomorrah of radio.

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bridgetmassie
January 4th, 2018 Ashland, OH DETAILS
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its good, however, still playing songs that i down thumb. please fix this problem.

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RONALD LOURIGAN
November 22nd, 2017 Union Grove, WI

iheart used to be great, however now that they offer it as a paid subscription the free version appears to have purposely planted stops, pauses and repeats to make in un listenable. ..

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Bruce McCuaig
October 27th, 2017

This is a terrible app. By the time the ads are over you've missed half the news. If you lose the signal even for a couple of seconds you are back to "square one" and have to listen to the same darn ad again. The Walmart ad is played too often. I'm using a different app for my radio needs.

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Jerry
July 11th, 2017

The app is too difficult to use! The app needs to be simplified!

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Doug
July 5th, 2017

Worst app ever. It has maybe 30 minutes of content per hour tops. Filled with constant ads and even worse, stupid idiotic top 10 TV shows or TOP 10 songs from 1972 with long 10 sec sound bites of songs we've heard a million times. I don't need to know that a third cousin from Led Zepplins drummer had a top 10 hit in Manchester for 1 week in 1973.

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Ron Saglimbene
June 16th, 2017 Fairfield, CT

Constant, repetitive commercials. Breaking into the content of news and talk radio live broadcasts. Absolutely the worst service presented by moneygrubbing executives Who care more about making a few extra bucks then providing a service

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PHIL
June 5th, 2017

unreliable non responsive wish i could access newstalk 1010 show podcasts by something more reliable

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Tommy
April 17th, 2017

Advertisement company they don't care about listerner!

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Anna Brock
December 21st, 2016

For the most part, I like IHeart radio, I don't really listen to specific stations as much as I do genres. One thing that irritates the bejeebers out of me is that I can down vote the same artist or song repeatedly and it makes no difference, I keep getting them again. For example, I listen to fingerstyle guitar by Don Ross, Leo Kottke etc, this is a strictly instrumental (guitar mainly) style, yet I keep getting Joni Mitchell thrown into the mix. Not only is that vocals, but it is not even in the genre. Maybe your software that sorts the music needs a little tweeking or something. Please find a way to fix this problem/

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Ron Saglimbene
August 5th, 2016 Haledon, NJ

In their attempt to generate more revenue, they are compromising the content of live radio shows by adding more commercials. Also, when you tune to a new station, you get a plethora of the same damn commercials over and over. It's past being annoying. I've turned off the radio because of the same number of similar commercials over and over.

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