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iHeartRadio - Free Music, Radio & Podcasts for Android

By Clear Channel Broadcasting Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown May 23, 2018

Remember the days of saving songs you loved from the radio to a cassette? It was a nerve-wracking procedure that required you to listen for your favorite tunes and hit the record and pause buttons on your tape deck at just the right moment. The iHeartRadio app has perfected this process, allowing you to discover millions of songs -- old and new -- from thousands of live AM and FM radio and artist stations and save them to replay whenever or wherever you want to -- if you pay for a premium account.

Pros

Customizable experience: After registering with iHeartRadio, tell the app which genres you like by tapping any of the 19 available genre tiles -- Top 40 & Pop, Country, News & Talk, Sports, and so on -- that the app offers. After we did this in testing, the app served us with 50-plus stations to start. If you want to add or remove any genres, you can just tap the Update button. After scanning the list, you can also save stations you enjoy or mark the others as Not For Me.

Upvote songs that you love and iHeartRadio will group them in the My Favorites Radio station or save them to add up to 40 to My Playlist. But to play these songs on-demand, you'll need a premium subscription.

Easy to navigate: The default For You tab has all your suggested artist, genre, and location-based stations. You can also search for stations around the country. Your Library features all your saved stations, as well as songs, albums, and artists (if you have a premium subscription). The Radio tab features all your local stations or you can search by other locations or by genres. The Playlists page features thousands of free playlists to explore, divided by Moods & Activities, Decades, or Genre. There is also a Featured section for topical and timely playlists based on new releases or time of year, for example. The Podcasts page, as you'd expect, enables you to browse podcasts.

Radio stations from around the country: It's fun to listen to radio stations from around the country -- from a country station in Auburn, Alabama, to a Gen-X-focused grunge, hip-hop, and hair bands music station in Cheyenne, Wyoming -- with all their local flavor.

Podcasts: iHeart Radio has many of the most popular podcasts including "The Joe Rogan Experience,"The Daily" from "The New York Times," NPR's "TED Radio Hour," "My Favorite Murder," "Stuff You Should Know," "Freakonomics Radio," "WTF with Marc Maron," "Pod Save America," and many more. Browse podcasts by popularity or 19 available topics -- from music and crime to cryptocurrency and spirituality. Follow any podcast, and it'll be saved under the Your Podcasts tab. Or tap the Overflow button, then Download Episode to save to your phone to listen to offline.

Alarm Clock and Sleep Timer: To wake up or go to sleep to your favorite radio stations, like you used to do on your standalone alarm clock, tap the Settings button and then the Alarm Clock and Sleep Timer tabs respectively.

One month free trial: You can try out iHeartRadio Plus or iHeartRadio All Access memberships for a month before deciding whether to purchase.

Cons

Not much for free: On iHeart Radio, you can listen to a variety of radio stations and podcasts for free, but you can't listen to on-demand music -- only related stations. For example, tapping a Madonna station may get you some music from Madonna as well as similar pop stars, such as Gwen Stefani and Janet Jackson. If you hear music you don't like, you'll only get 15 skips per day across artist stations unless you upgrade to a premium account. Of course, radio station songs can't be skipped.

You'll need an iHeart Radio Plus subscription for $5.99 a month to search for and play any song, get unlimited skips, save songs from the radio to your playlist, and instantly replay songs from the radio (when metadata, which includes song titles and artists information, is available for the app to search) or an All Access membership for $12.99 a month for all those features, plus the ability to listen offline and create unlimited playlists.

Bottom Line

It's hard to justify spending $12.99 per month for on-demand access to iHeartRadio's catalog of music, the ability to create and edit playlists, and the ability to listen to music offline when you can spend just $9.99 to do this on a competing app like Spotify. But if you're really into listening to live radio from your region or across the country, you should give iHeartRadio's free app for Android a try.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.14.1

- Introducing Playlist Radio, a new way for Free users to listen to iHeartRadio playlists. Find any playlist you like, and start a station with music inspired by that playlist. With over a thousand playlists to choose from, you'll be sure to find the perfect music for every mood, activity, or genre.

- App shortcuts to quickly access search, library, last played, and My Favorites Radio

- Colorful media player notifications for Android O users

- Bug fixes and performance enhancements

General

Release November 12, 2018
Date Added November 12, 2018
Version 8.14.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 15,469
Downloads Last Week 3
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Developer's Description

All Your Favorite Music. All Your Favorite Stations. All Free.

Unlimited streaming music, thousands of live radio stations, playlists for any mood or activity plus podcasts all in one app. iHeartRadio is easy to use and best of all, it's still FREE.

Download iHeartRadio today and start listening to your favorite music live radio stations, and podcasts!

The Best Live, Local Radio Stations

- Discover thousands of live and local AM and FM radio stations near you and from cities across the globe

- Listen to top radio stations, music, news, sports, talk and comedy

- Hear sports stations like ESPN Radio, Fox Sports and more

Free Playlists perfect for any moment

- Listen to any of thousands of hand curated playlists. Organized by mood, activity, decade and genre to make it easy to find something that's the perfect soundtrack for any moment.

Get Hooked on a Podcast

- Stream the most popular podcasts from NPR, Gimlet, How Stuff Works, ESPN, Pod Save America and from personalities like Anna Faris, Colin Cowherd, Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro, Bobby Bones, Barbara Corcoran and more.

- Follow your favorite podcasts and get alerts when new episodes are published

Play Free Artist Stations

- Create personalized music stations based on your favorite artists using our library of millions of songs covering genres like Country, Top 40, Pop, Hip Hop, EDM, Rock, Alternative and more.

The Ultimate Station Made Just for You

- 'My Favorites Radio' collects all of the songs you love in one free personalized station.

Premium Features

Take control of your listening experience with millions of songs on demand. Choose the plan that's right for you with iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access.

- Save and replay any song from the radio

- Enjoy unlimited skips

- Listen to music offline

- Create unlimited playlists

Join our community!

- Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1F1TcFX

- Instagram: http://bit.ly/1e1AOUS

- Twitter: http://bit.ly/1HZk5KQ

- Blog: http://bit.ly/1GiT59D

For Feedback and Help

Tell us how we can improve by sharing your thoughts at http://help.iheartradio.com!

For additional help and to find answers to common questions for tablet devices, please visit https://help.iheart.com/hc/en-us/sections/204008358-Android

Please note: This app features Nielsen's proprietary measurement software which may allow you to contribute to market research, like Nielsen's TV Ratings. To learn more about our digital measurement products and your choices in regard to them, please visit http://www.nielsen.com/digitalprivacy for more information.

(c) 2018 iHeartMedia, Inc.