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iHeartRadio is a free broadcast, podcast and streaming radio platform owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. It was founded in April 2008. As of 2019[update], iHeartRadio functions as the national umbrella brand for iHeartMedia's radio network aggregating its over 850 local iHeartMedia radio stations across the United States, as well as hundreds of other stations from various other media (with companies such as Cumulus Media, Cox Radio and Beasley Broadcast Group also using this service). The service includes more than 250,000 podcasts, offers a Music recommender system and on-demand functionality, and allows listeners to save and replay songs from live broadcasts in digital playlists. The on-demand features require a subscription fee. iHeartRadio is available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, TVs and gaming consoles.
Music recommender system
|Headquarters||32 Avenue of the Americas|
New York, New York 10013 
(Chairman/CEO, iHeartMedia, Inc.)
|1 August 2008|
|Affiliation||Evanov Radio Group|
Beasley Broadcast Group
Uforia Audio Network
Grupo Radio Centro
Grupo Radio México
Australian Radio Network
New Zealand Media and Entertainment
iHeartRadio launched national-branded marquee events starting with the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival in 2011. Other major iHeartRadio events include the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, iHeartCountry Festival, iHeartRadio ALTer Ego, the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, iHeartRadio Wango Tango and the iHeartRadio Music Awards. iHeartRadio regularly hosts intimate performances at the iHeartRadio Theaters in Los Angeles and New York.
iHeartRadio is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., which was rebranded from Clear Channel in 2014. Prior to 2008, Clear Channel Communications' various audio products were decentralized. Individual stations streamed from their own sites (or in many cases, did not due to voluminous syndication and local advertising clearance issues), and the Format Lab website provided feeds of between 40 and 80 networks that were used primarily on Clear Channel's HD Radio subchannels, many of which transitioned to iHeartRadio unchanged. In April 2008, Clear Channel launched 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 7 October 2008, Clear Channel Radio launched the first version of iHeartRadio to the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch through the App Store. Twelve radio stations in 8 markets were included in this first release. In 2009, iHeartRadio was made available to BlackBerry devices and the Android operating system and then Sonos in 2010. September 2011 marked the official launch of the free, all-in-one iHeartRadio service featuring thousands of live radio stations and custom artist stations. The launch coincided with the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, a two-day event hosted by Ryan Seacrest at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The app was expanded to the Xbox 360 and webOS. On 20 April 2012, iHeartRadio launched on the iPad. On 8 June 2012, iHeartRadio concluded a deal to power Yahoo! Music's Radio service, previously powered by CBS Radio.
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". On 1 March 2013, iHeartRadio was added to the Roku digital media receiver. As of 2019[update], the app is available on more than 250 devices and platforms.
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. On 14 July 2013, iHeartRadio launched in New Zealand and Australia.
On 24 July 2013, iHeartRadio launched a new talk radio feature: iHeartRadio Talk. It featured original on demand programming from celebrities like Ryan Seacrest and allowed users to upload their own content through Spreaker. In 2014, the iHeartRadio Talk feature was rebranded to "Shows & Personalities" and in 2016 the feature became known simply as "Podcasts."
In September 2014, Clear Channel changed its name to iHeartMedia, to align with the success of the consumer brand iHeartRadio.
On 10 November 2015, iHeartRadio launched a spin-off app known as iHeartRadio Family—a curated experience targeting children. It features a simplified interface and a selection of age-appropriate stations (such as Radio Disney, and stations curated by artists and personalities popular among the demographic). Build-a-Bear Workshop served as a launch sponsor for the app, which included the addition of a "Build-a-Bear Workshop Radio" channel in the app.
During The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival, iHeartMedia announced subscription based on demand services "iHeartRadio Plus" and "iHeartRadio all Access powered by Napster". On 1 December 2016, iHeartMedia launched the services in beta on iOS and Android to the American users.
iHeartRadio launched in Canada on 7 October 2016 in association with Bell Media.
In September 2018, iHeartMedia announced it would acquire Stuff Media, LLC, the leading for-profit publisher of entertaining and informative podcast content, which included the HowStuffWorks podcasting business as well as its slate of premium podcast content for $55 million. This acquisition enabled iHeartMedia to leverage Stuff Media's original content, programming and experienced podcasting management team to further expand its podcasting platform, increasing its position as the solid No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally (Podtrac , 2019) and almost doubling its usage metrics.
Today as the leading podcast publisher in the U.S., iHeartRadio carries more than 250,000 podcasts – from its own podcasts to other major podcast publishers – and the iHeartPodcast Network hosts more than 750 iHeartRadio Original shows including “The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” “Stuff You Should Know,” Disgraceland” and Chelsea Handler's “Life Will Be the Death of Me.”
Availability and supported devicesEdit
iHeartRadio is available in Australia, Canada, the United States, Mexico and New Zealand. It is available across 250 device platforms including online, and via automobiles, gaming consoles, home audio, mobile smartphones and tablets, and TVs.
Functionality and rating systemEdit
Listeners can hear live radio stations, personalized music stations, create playlists, listen to podcasts and more. 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 provides feedback to the 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. This data is used to personalize users’ "My Favorites Radio" station. As My Favorites Radio learns a user's music taste over time, it adds various bonus tracks into the mix. Songs can easily be removed from the station.
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Note: This list doesn't include news, sports and comedy channels. "Countdown"-themed channels are also not listed.
|Hit Nation||SiriusXM Hits 1|
|iHeart70s Radio||Classic hits|
|Club Jam Hits/EDM/Dance||Pitbull's Globalization|
|Coffee Shop Radio||The Coffee House|
|Love Songs Radio||SiriusXM Love|
|Today's Mix||The Pulse|
|The Vinyl Experience||Classic Vinyl|
|IHeartRadio Cafe||The Bridge|
|Jam Bands Radio||Jam On|
|Alternative Radio||Alt Nation|
|Lite Rock||The Blend|
|Full Metal Jackie||Octane|
|Slippery When Wet||Hair Nation|
|The Beat||The Heat|
|Fly Nation Radio||LL Cool J's Rock the Bells Radio|
|Dance Nation 90s||Utopia|
|iHeartCountry / New Country||The Highway|
|iHeartCountry 80s / 90s||Prime Country|
|Highwaymen Radio||Outlaw Country|
|iHeartRadio Bluegrass||Bluegrass Junction|
|Hallelujah||Kirk Franklin's Praise|
|The Standard Radio||Siriusly Sinatra|
|iHeartRadio Broadway||On Broadway|
|Strictly Blues||B. B. King's Bluesville|
|Classical Highlights||Sirius XM Pops|
|Kids Club Radio||Kids Place Live|
|Big Classic Hits||70s/80s Pop|
|Punk Tacos||Faction Punk|
|One Hit Wonder Radio||ONEderland|
Other formats that are unique to iHeartRadio including:
|Lullabies||Toddlers and lullabies aimed for babies|
|iRead2Know Radio||Kids stories read out by experts|
|Rock the Cradle||Contemporary music aimed at babies, toddlers, and young children|
|Hit Nation Jr.||Youth-friendly pop music, formerly Nick Radio|
|iHeartCountry Family||Country hits with a family feeling|
|Spin Cycle||Continuous mix-show programming|
|The Nashville Channel||Nashville's country music|
|Texas Red Dirt Radio||Texas country music|
|Christian Country Radio||Christian-inspired country music|
|Vinyl Jazz||Jazz music from well-renowned names|
|The Standard Radio||Pop standards|
|Masters of the Mix||Somewhat similar to Hip-Hop Nation but in a (re)mixed version|
|Tornamexa||Current-based Latino dance hits|
|Indie Radio||Independent pop, rock and EDM|
|EDC Radio||All genres of current dance music plus superstar DJ sets and EDC music|
|Rumba||Dance-oriented Latin music|
|Fiesta Latina||Latin urban, pop and rock music|
|Lost 80s||Lesser-known and B-side 80s music|
|Alternative Rewind Radio||1980s alternative music|
|Smells like the 90s||1990s alternative music|
|Real Oldies||1960s and 1970s pop music|
|iRie Radio||Reggae music|
|Reggaeton Radio||Reggaeton music|
|Soft Rock||Soft rock|
|Sunny Radio||Popular easy listening music|
|Delilah||"Stories and songs matched perfectly"|
|Vinyl Classic Rock||Classic rock recordings transferred from vinyl records|
|The Vinyl Experience||Popular vinyl records that helped shape classic rock|
|Classic Rock Channel||Timeless classic rock music|
|American Stillhouse Radio||"History making music mixed by Jim Beam" (Active rock)|
|New Sounds||New music genre-free|
On 6 January 2016, iHeartMedia announced that the iHeartRadio service would expand into Canada as part of a licensing deal with Bell Media. The company described the Canadian version of the service as being a "franchised" operation; Bell handles Canadian music licensing, marketing, and distribution of the service, and provides content from its properties. Bell also gained rights to organize Canadian versions of the company's branded events, such as the Jingle Ball, and co-branded the annual awards show organized through its cable channel Much as the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards.
The service went live in Canada on 7 October 2016 and on 4 December 2017, additional features were added to the service, including podcasts, additional stations, and a deal with Evanov Radio Group to add its stations to the service.
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