Even the most advanced music addict has to accept the fact that there’s more music in the world than anyone can collect in a library. Your favorite genres always have something to surprise you, and you can review your attitude, too. So listening to the radio can be as great as controlling your playlist yourself. And if you’ve always been good with radio, you’ll probably like iHeartRadio even more.
The app is, in fact, a digital radio that offers lots of stations, broadcasting all genres of music. No matter if you prefer country, techno, hip hop, hard rock, metal or reggae; you’ll certainly find something truly yours on iHeartRadio.
On installing the app, you need to create your account or connect to your Facebook or Google. Then you can start customizing your stations. Select your favorite genres and the app will suggest some stations you’ll probably like.
The app is easy to make out. There are special sections for your favorite stations, for curated playlists, for podcasts and for suggestions, the central one being the recommended radio stations by your location.
You don’t have to keep your screen alive while listening to this radio; it works perfectly in background mode. New AI algorithms provide gapless playback. Playlists can be used as a base for creating stations, playing music similar to a list, and this feature is free.
Being very Apple-friendly, iHeartRadio is compatible with iPhone and iPad, as well as with iMessage you can use to share stations and with Apple Watch able to play it independently. If you own an LTE version of Apple Watch, you can leave your iPhone at home while jogging and broadcast the music from your watch right to your AirPods. While streaming it from your iPhone to Apple HomeKit or any Bluetooth speaker, you can use Apple Watch to control the playback.
While you can listen to iHeartRadio for free, the stream will be stuffed with ads. To avoid this, you can purchase iHeartRadio Plus™ or iHeartRadio All Access™ subscriptions. It expands the features; for example, subscribers can listen to particular songs on demand, skip tracks unlimitedly, cache tracks and podcasts to listen to them while offline, and create as many of your own playlists as you like.
So far iHeartRadio is only available in US and Canada; if your iTunes account is bound to any other country, the app just won’t be found in App Store.
If you’re good with music in radio mode, listening to random streams of the genres you like, iHeartRadio is a good choice to provide your days with a great soundtrack. If you subscribe, it combines the best of both worlds, as you can either enjoy radio stations playing for you or create your own playlists manually, taking full control. But even as a free radio it works better than anything we had in the FM era.
- Great selection of stations and genres;
- Curated playlists;
- News and sports available along with music;
- Available across Apple devices, including Apple Watch.
- Too many ads in the free version;
- Only works in certain countries.