Popular digital radio service iHeartRadio rolled out a new iPhone and PC update on Monday at the 2013 International CES, giving users a way to create stations based on moods and activities, such as working out or driving to work.
Clear Channel’s streaming service iHeartRadio is turning up the volume in an aggressive bid to take on red-hot Spotify and Pandora.
Pandora may have more users, but Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio is growing at a faster clip. In fact its pace surpasses that of all the other entertainment platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Spotify and Instagram. That’s according to updated statistics released by Clear Channel showing iHeartRadio has grown to more than 135 million downloads.
The personalized radio feature on iHeartRadio remains commercial-free at least through next April, and as Clear Channel tests ways to integrate advertising into the service it appears to be leaning toward a variation on pre-roll ads.
The iHeartRadio festival is a hootenanny where the biggest acts in every genre convene for a two-day affair presented by Clear Channel, the gargantuan radio conglomerate, in support of its streaming radio application. As concerts or festivals go, it’s not punk.
The apps, iHeartRadio and TuneIn, are aggregators — conduits for thousands of online radio streams. With a few taps on a smartphone, a listener can dart among a pop station in New York, gospel in Atlanta and talk almost anywhere.
For the second year, a diverse array of some of the greatest names in music will appear on one stage over two nights at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas; Ryan Seacrest will kick off the two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival on the evening of Friday, September 21.
Over the next 4-6 weeks, Cumulus will be transferring all of its radio station websites to the Triton Digital platform to take advantage of the suite of services Triton has to offer and to move the process along to get the Cumulus stations on iHeartRadio.