iHeartRadio

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iHeartRadio
Type Internet radio
Radio network
Music recommender system
Country United States
Australia
New Zealand
Canada (Summer 2016)
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; 8 years ago (2008-04)
Former names
iheartmusic.com
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
Australian Radio Network
New Zealand Media and Entertainment
Official website
iheartradio.com

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.

History[edit]

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[14] and webOS.[15] On April 20, 2012, iHeartRadio launched on the iPad.[16] 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".[17] 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.[18]

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.[19] On July 14, 2013, iHeartRadio launched in New Zealand and Australia.[20] 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.[21]

On May 1, 2014, iHeartRadio hosted the 1st iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.[22] In September 2014, owing to the prominence of the service, Clear Channel changed its name to iHeartMedia.[23] On October 12, 2015, iHeartRadio introduced "My Favorites Radio", a personalized radio station based on a user's favorite artists, liked songs, and genres.[24]

On November 10, 2015, iHeartRadio launched a standalone app designed for families with kids ages 4–11 named iHeartRadio Family. Launched in partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop, iHeartRadio Family offers access to dozens of iHeartRadio Original and Live Radio stations in one easy-to-use app and marks iHeartRadio’s first multi-app brand extension.[25]

On January 6, 2016, iHeartMedia announced that the iHeartRadio service would expand into Canada as part of a licensing deal with Bell Media—which, similarly to iHeartMedia, is the country's largest radio station operator. The company described the Canadian version of the service as being a "franchised" operation; Bell will handle Canadian music licensing, marketing, and distribution of the service, and provide content from its properties. Bell also gained rights to organize iHeartRadio-branded events in Canada; the first prominent instance came with the co-branding of an annual awards show organized through Bell's cable channel Much as the 2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards. The service is expected to launch in mid-2016.[23][26]

Availability and Supported Devices[edit]

iHeartRadio is available to anyone in the United States, Australia or New Zealand.[27] 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 iHeartRadio:[28]

Mobile[edit]

Web[edit]

Home[edit]

Automotive[edit]

Wearables[edit]

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]

Limitations[edit]

  • 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iHeartRadio - Real & Custom Radio Stations". iHeartRadio official website. Clear Channel Broadcasting, Inc. San Antonio, Tx. 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. Archived from the original on April 28, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  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. ^ "MediaPost Publications - Home of MediaDailyNews, MEDIA and OMMA Magazines". 2011-12-29. Archived from the original on December 29, 2011. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  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. ^ "iHeartRadio on Xbox 360". www.xbox.com. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  15. ^ Palm (July 3, 2011). "iHeartRadio palm webOS application". 
  16. ^ "Clear Channel Radio Releases iheartradio App For iPad On The App Store". Clear Channel Radio. April 20, 2012. 
  17. ^ IHeartRadio Adds Local News Streams For 20 Cities - RadioInsight.com (released October 18, 2012)
  18. ^ Roku Channel Store: iHeartRadio Retrieved March 1, 2013
  19. ^ "IHeartRadio Launches International Suite". RadioInsight. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "iHeartRadio Launches in New Zealand". scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Clear Channel Launches iHeartRadio Talk, Letting Everyone From Jimmy Kimmel To Joe Six Pack Be Heard". 
  22. ^ 1st iHeartRadio Music Awards
  23. ^ a b "iHeartRadio joins Canada’s streaming market through partnership with Bell". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  24. ^ "My Favorites Radio: Your Very Own Radio Station". iHeartRadio Blog. October 12, 2015. 
  25. ^ "iHeartMedia Launches "iHeartRadio Family" – A New Stand-Alone App Featuring Music And Radio Stations Perfect For Kids – In Partnership With Build-A-Bear Workshop". iHeartMedia. November 10, 2015. 
  26. ^ Vlessing, Etan. "Nick Jonas to Perform at iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  27. ^ "Is iHeartRadio available in my country?". iHeartRadio. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  28. ^ "Get the iHeartRadio App". iHeartRadio. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  29. ^ [1] (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.)
  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. ^ a b c [2] (Minimum Operating System: Android 4.0)
  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. ^ "Skip limit on iHeartRadio". Retrieved 2016-06-23. 

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