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iHeartRadio is a free broadcast, podcast and streaming radio platform owned by iHeartMedia, Inc.[2] It was founded in April 2008. As of 2019, 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). In addition, the service includes more than 250,000 podcasts, offers a Music recommender system and on demand functionality and is the only service that allows listeners to save and replay songs right from live broadcast radio to their 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.

TypeStreaming radio
Podcast Publisher
Music recommender system
United States
New Zealand
Headquarters32 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10013 [1]
OwneriHeartMedia, Inc.
Key people
Bob Pittman
(Chairman/CEO, iHeartMedia, Inc.)
Launch date
1 August 2008; 11 years ago (2008-08-01)
Former names
AffiliationEvanov Radio Group
Alpha Media
Beasley Broadcast Group
Bell Media
Cox Radio
Cumulus Media
Emmis Communications
Entravision Communications
Federated Media
Greater Media
JVC Media
Radio Disney
Salem Communications
Turner Broadcasting
Uforia Audio Network
Grupo Radio Centro
Grupo ACIR
Grupo Radio México
Tribune Media
Australian Radio Network
New Zealand Media and Entertainment
Official website

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[3], the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, iHeartRadio Wango Tango[4] and the iHeartRadio Music Awards.[5] iHeartRadio regularly hosts intimate performances at the iHeartRadio Theaters in Los Angeles and New York.[6]



iHeartRadio is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., which was rebranded from Clear Channel in 2014.[7] 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.[citation needed] 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.[8][9] In 2009, iHeartRadio was made available to BlackBerry devices and the Android operating system[10][11][12] and then Sonos[13] 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.[14] The launch coincided with the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, a two-day event hosted by Ryan Seacrest at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.[15]

The app was expanded to the Xbox 360[16] and webOS.[17] On 20 April 2012, iHeartRadio launched on the iPad.[18] On 8 June 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".[19] On 1 March 2013, iHeartRadio was added to the Roku digital media receiver.[20] As of 2019, the app is available on more than 250 devices and platforms.[21]

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.[22] On 14 July 2013, iHeartRadio launched in New Zealand and Australia.[23]

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.[24] 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.[7]

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.[25][26]

During The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival, iHeartMedia announced subscription based on demand services "iHeartRadio Plus" and "iHeartRadio all Access powered by Napster".[27] 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.[28]

In 2017, iHeartRadio expanded Plus and All Access to other platforms including desktop[29][30][31] in January 2017 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).[citation needed]

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 [1], 2019) and almost doubling its usage metrics. [32]

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.”

The service launched in Mexico on 29 October 2018, in association with Grupo ACIR.

Availability and supported devicesEdit

iHeartRadio is available in Australia, Canada, the United States, Mexico and New Zealand.[33] It is available across 250 device platforms including online, and via automobiles, gaming consoles, home audio, mobile smartphones and tablets, and TVs.[34]

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.[35] 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.

Comparison of iHeartRadio's music channels to SiriusXMEdit

Note: This list doesn't include news, sports and comedy channels. "Countdown"-themed channels are also not listed.

iHeartRadio SiriusXM
Hit Nation SiriusXM Hits 1
WiLD Venus
iHeart50s Radio '50s on 5
iHeart60s Radio '60s on 6
iHeart70s Radio '70s on 7
iHeart80s Radio '80s on 8
iHeart90s Radio '90s on 9
iHeart00s Radio Pop2K
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
Liquid Metal
Slippery When Wet Hair Nation
The Beat The Heat
Fly Nation Radio LL Cool J's Rock the Bells Radio
Evolution BPM
Trancid Diplo's Revolution
Dance Nation 90s Utopia
iHeartCountry / New Country The Highway
iHeartCountry 80s / 90s Prime Country
Highwaymen Radio Outlaw Country
iHeartRadio Bluegrass Bluegrass Junction
UP! The Message
Hallelujah Kirk Franklin's Praise
The Standard Radio Siriusly Sinatra
Smooth Jazz Watercolors
iHeartRadio Broadway On Broadway
Strictly Blues B. B. King's Bluesville
Classical Highlights Sirius XM Pops
Kids Club Radio Kids Place Live
Radio Disney
Big Classic Hits 70s/80s Pop
Rock Nation RockBar
Latino Hits Viva
Salsa Bembé Rumbón
Punk Tacos Faction Punk
El Patrón Águila
One Hit Wonder Radio ONEderland

Other formats that are unique to iHeartRadio including:

Channels Formats
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"
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,[36] and co-branded the annual awards show organized through its cable channel Much as the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards.[37][31][38][39]

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.[40][41]

See alsoEdit


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