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Type Internet radio
Radio network
Music recommender system
Country United States
Headquarters 32 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10013[1]
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
Key people
Bob Pittman
(Chairman/CEO, iHeartMedia, Inc.)
Launch date
April 2008; 7 years ago (2008-04)
Former names
Affiliation Beasley Broadcast Group
Cox Radio
Cumulus Media
Emmis Communications
Federated Media
Greater Media
Radio Disney
Salem Communications
Turner Broadcasting
Univision Radio
Grupo Radio Centro
Grupo ACIR
Grupo Radio México
Tribune Media
Official website

iHeartRadio is an Internet radio platform owned by iHeartMedia, Inc.[2] Founded in April 2008 as the website iheartmusic.com, as of 2015 iHeartRadio functions both as a music recommender system and as a radio network that aggregates audio content from over 800 local iHeartMedia radio stations across the United States, as well as from hundreds of other stations and from various other media. iHeartRadio is available online, via mobile devices, and on select video-game consoles.[3][4][5]

iHeartRadio was ranked #4 on AdAge's Entertainment A-List in 2010.[6] In 2014, iHeartRadio started an awards show titled iHeartRadio Music Awards and regularly produces concerts in Los Angeles and New York though the iHeartRadio Theater locations.


Prior to 2008, Clear Channel Communications' various audio products were decentralized. Individual stations streamed from their own sites, and the Format Lab website provided feeds of between 40 and 80 networks that were used primarily on Clear Channel's HD Radio subchannels.[citation needed] In April 2008, the iHeartRadio brand launched as the iHeartMusic website, featuring entertainment news, national news, music content including albums, singles on demand, music videos, and access to over 750 Clear Channel radio stations online.

On October 7, 2008, Clear Channel Radio launched the first version of the free streaming radio application known as iHeartRadio to the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch through the App Store; 12 stations in 8 markets were included in this first release.[7][8] In 2009, iHeartRadio was made available to BlackBerry devices and the Android operating system.[9][10][11] Soon iHeartRadio offered video: artist interviews, live performance vignettes, etc.[12]

The iHeartRadio app was then expanded to other platforms. In 2010, iHeartRadio expanded to Sonos.[13] In 2011, iHeartRadio expanded to the Xbox 360 console[citation needed] and webOS.[14] On April 20, 2012, iHeartRadio launched on the iPad.[15] On June 8, 2012, iHeartRadio concluded a deal to power Yahoo! Music's Radio service, previously powered by CBS Radio.[citation needed]

In mid-October 2012, iHeartRadio launched online audio news, weather and traffic streams for Tampa, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City, and 15 other metropolitan cities, branded as "24/7 News".[16] Their looping programming is similar to that of NOAA Weather Radio's.[clarification needed][citation needed] On March 1, 2013, iHeartRadio was added to the Roku digital media receiver.[17]

On July 2013, iHeartRadio began adding stations from outside the United States like CHUM-FM and CFBT-FM in Canada and Virgin Radio Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.[18] On July 14, 2013, iHeartRadio launched in New Zealand and Australia.[19] On July 24, 2013, iHeartRadio launched a new talk radio feature: iHeartRadio Talk. It features original programming from celebrities like Ryan Seacrest and allows users to upload their own content through Spreaker.[20]

On May 1, 2014, iHeartRadio hosted the 1st iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.[21] On September 16, 2014, Clear Channel announced that it had officially changed its name to iHeartMedia, based on the success of the iHeartRadio platform. On December 18, 2014, HEOS™ by Denon Brings On iHeartRadio.[22][23] On March 29, 2015, iHeartRadio hosted the 2nd iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. On April Fools' Day 2015, iHeartRadio changed its name to iHarpRadio, introducing a new format.[24][25]

Availability and Supported Devices[edit]

iHeartRadio is available to anyone in the United States, Australia or New Zealand.[26] It is also currently available on dozens of platforms, including mobile, web, home entertainment, and auto. The following is a list of all platforms that currently support iHeart Radio:[27]






  • Android Wear
  • Apple Watch
  • Pebble
  • Samsung Gear 2

Functionality and rating system[edit]

On customized stations, songs are chosen based on a song or artist a user chooses. Users also have the option to listen to iHeartRadio's original stations that work exactly like customized ones. Once a station is created, users can set the discovery tuner to Familiar, Less Familiar, or Mixed.[32] Listeners can also hear live radio stations.

The iHeartRadio player has a Like/Dislike (Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down) rating tool used on songs playing on live and customized radio stations. "Liking" or "disliking" songs for all live stations will simply provide feedback to the particular station being played. "Liking" a song on customized stations will have it and songs like it played more often. "Disliking" a song on customized stations means that song will not be played again.[33]

It is noted that in rare cases on live stations, a song can be misidentified. One example is the song "The Walker" by indie pop/neo soul group Fitz and The Tantrums was incorrectly tagged as "The Weekend (Extended Vocal Mix)" by house music producer Michael Gray.[citation needed]


  • Custom stations are limited to one seed
  • Daily skips are limited to fifteen combined per day and six per hour per station[34]
  • Artists on custom stations cannot be banned from being played again
  • New songs on live stations cannot be rated until they are added to the database
  • Cannot rewind or fast-forward
  • Cannot record
  • Only iHeartMedia-owned radio stations can be cast or streamed via Google Chromecast or Xbox app (i.e. you cannot cast a Cumulus Media-owned radio station using Google Chromecast or Xbox app). This also applies for personalized music or specialty stations. Radio stations that are owned by other media companies are only available on iHeartRadio.com or the iHeartRadio mobile app

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "iHeartRadio - Real & Custom Radio Stations". iHeartRadio official website. Clear Channel Broadcasting, Inc. 2013. Archived from the original on July 27, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013. Handmade in NYC 
  2. ^ "Company Overview of iHeartMedia and Entertainment, Inc.". Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg LP. 2014. Retrieved September 20, 2014. On September 16, 2014, Clear Channel Broadcasting, Inc. changed its name to iHeartMedia and Entertainment, Inc. 
  3. ^ "The Music Radio Trade Publication". RadioInfo. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  4. ^ Hachman, Mark (2011-12-05). "iHeartRadio to Stream Cumulus Stations, Adds Daily Deals | News & Opinion". PCMag.com. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  5. ^ "CCM+E Launches Networks Group, Names Darren Davis Pres.". AllAccess.com. All Access Music Group. January 28, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. ... Davis will oversee and ensure the success and close integration of the networks -- Premiere Networks, Total Traffic and Weather Network, the 24/7 News Network and the iHeartRadio Network. 
  6. ^ Hampp, Andrew (2010-05-24). "Entertainment A-List 2010 No. 4: Clear Channel | Special: Entertainment A-List 2010 - Advertising Age". Adage.com. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  7. ^ "No AM/FM receiver required: Clear Channel brings top radio stations to Apple iPhone, iPod touch". Macdailynews.com. October 13, 2008. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  8. ^ iHeartRadio iPhone App reaches 1 million downloads. "iHeartRadio iPhone App reaches 1 million downloads". Orbitcast. Retrieved 2012-12-28. [dead link]
  9. ^ "IHeartRadio, Launches Streaming Radio Application!". CrackBerry.com. 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  10. ^ Wauters, Robin (2009-12-24). "Clear Channel Radio Debuts Android Version of iheartradio App". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "iHeartRadio Adds Video". AllAccess.com. 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  13. ^ Taub, Eric A. (2010-05-20). "An Upgrade for Sonos". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  14. ^ Palm (July 3, 2011). "iHeartRadio palm webOS application". 
  15. ^ "Clear Channel Radio Releases iheartradio App For iPad On The App Store". Clear Channel Radio. April 20, 2012. 
  16. ^ IHeartRadio Adds Local News Streams For 20 Cities - RadioInsight.com (released October 18, 2012)
  17. ^ Roku Channel Store: iHeartRadio Retrieved March 1, 2013
  18. ^ "IHeartRadio Launches International Suite". RadioInsight. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "iHeartRadio Launches in New Zealand". scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Clear Channel Launches iHeartRadio Talk, Letting Everyone From Jimmy Kimmel To Joe Six Pack Be Heard". 
  21. ^ 1st iHeartRadio Music Awards
  22. ^ "HEOS™ by Denon Brings On iHeartRadio – its music to the ears". denon.com. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "iHeartMedia, Inc.". clearchannel.com. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  24. ^ "Burpy Cars, Lake Travis Iceberg, Google Fiber Dial Up and iHarpRadio and More April Fools’ Jokes". siliconhillsnews.com. April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  25. ^ "#iHarpRadio". iHeartRadio. April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Is iHeartRadio available in my country?". iHeartRadio. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  27. ^ "Get the iHeartRadio App". iHeartRadio. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  28. ^ [2] (Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.)
  29. ^ a b c [3] (Minimum Operating System: Android 4.0)
  30. ^ iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc. (27 June 2015). "Mac App Store - iHeartRadio – Free Music & Live Radio Stations". Mac App Store. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  31. ^ "Troubleshooting browser issues with iHeartRadio". iHeartRadio. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  32. ^ How do I set the Discovery Tuner? - iHeartRadio Help Center (accessed January 13, 2013)
  33. ^ Editing your thumbs on iHeartRadio.com (accessed August 12th, 2015)
  34. ^ "iHeartRadio | How many times can I skip a song?". Help.iheartradio.com. 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 

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