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The great thing about the iPhone and iPod is that they put our entire music collection at our fingertips. However, every now and then, we like the randomness that a good, old-fashioned radio station offers for finding new tunes or listening to old ones. iHeartradio brings the radio to your iOS device so you don't have to miss a music beat.
Before getting started with iHeartradio, you're asked to sign in using either your Facebook account or by entering your e-mail address and creating a password. You can also skip that option and come back to it, which is what we decided to do. Right off, we were instructed to either find a station or create our own. By allowing the app to find our location, we were able to search through local stations to add to our playlist. If you want to step out of your city limits, the app does let you browse by city, or you can browse by genre. We selected a station located in San Francisco and were greeted by an ad, but soon after the station played without a hitch.
While the station is playing music, you can adjust the volume, save the station, and set the Sleep Timer feature. To set the timer, we did have to sign in and include our e-mail address and birth date, and we had to create a password. The Sleep Timer options are in different increments, from 15 minutes, to 45 minutes, to 3 hours. We set it for 15 minutes and sure enough, the radio station stopped playing after the time was up.
Using the Create feature, we were then able to create a station in much the same way that Pandora works. We entered an artist or a song, and the app pulled up similar artists that we could either assign a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" to as we listened. If you want to share your musical taste with your friends, just tap the icon in the far right corner to publicize the song you're listening to on Facebook. Likewise, you can send whatever is playing to your Apple TV device and play it from there.
Our only complaint with iHeartradio is that the app doesn't list the names of the song and artist while in radio mode, which is frustrating if you find something you like. But even still, we highly recommend iHeartradio for music and talk radio lovers.
Hailed by CNET as "the best streaming radio app, iHeartRadio keeps you connected to your favorite radio stations everywhere you go. We offer thousands of radio stations covering pop, country, hip-hop, R&B, rock, talk, news, sports, comedy and more. Or build your own station to play exactly what you want to hear from our catalog of over 18 million songs from more than 450,000 artists. With iHeartRadio, youll have the only app you need to stream live AM/FM radio and listen to commercial-free custom music!iHeartRadio works flawlesslylistening to actual radio stations couldn't be much simpler (About.com)Looking for music to work out, chill out, or road trip to? Try iHeartRadio's Perfect For feature and find hundreds of stations tailored to your every mood. Follow a show or host you can't get enough of? With our Shows & Personalities, you can listen to on-demand episodes from the best in news, sports, finance, comedy and entertainment.iHeartRadio is easy to use, and best of all, free. Try it today, and see for yourself why we're in the All Time Top 20 for iTunes Free Apps. We aim to stay there, so please let us know how we can improve by sharing your thoughts, wishes and wants at http://help.iheartradio.com!To stay completely up to date, be sure to join our community on Twitter and Instagram @iHeartRadio, where you'll always get the latest music news, contests and access to your favorite artists.
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