iHeartRadio is an Internet radio offering more than a thousand live radio stations playing only the best music from all over the world. There are millions of songs from many different genres here, but you can also listen to your favorite podcasts with this app.
The interface is quite simple and intuitive. You can easily switch stations and skip songs, and while there is a limit for how often you can do it, it still helps you to enjoy only the best music you choose yourself. The page with the currently playing song has an upvote and downvote buttons that allow you to customize the playlist even more.
Downvoting a song simply tells the app to never play it again, and you don’t have to do anything else.
Still, there are a lot of minor inconveniences that are somewhat annoying. For example, there is just no option to replay your favorite songs at will, and after you’ve reached your limit for skipping songs, you are left only with what the station may offer you. Moreover, you can’t undo downvoting a song or skipping it, so you have to wait for it to come on air or find it manually and upvote it.
The main feature of iHeartRadio is obviously the access to 1,500+ live radio stations and 19 genre stations to choose from. You can create your own stations as well, which are dedicated to one genre or artist and feature lyrics for the songs. The voting system helps you organize your experience, but the system is not very flexible and could use some improvement.
While listening to a live radio station, you can see all the information about it, including the station’s location, music genre, and even the latest tweet, and the page also shows you the name, artist, and album art for every song playing, which is rather convenient. But there’s just no options to rewind or record music, which makes the overall functionality of the app rather limited.
While the app has these minor problems with interface and functionality, it is still very convenient to use when your main goal is to discover new music. Instead of looking for something new manually, you just find a radio that sounds nice and then upvote or downvote songs to adjust the station’s repertoire to your tastes. If you do not like the station, you are free to find something else.
The app is designed for devices working on Android, but there are a lot of other versions. You can also use it on most of the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad devices, and the service is accessible via web browsers.
iHeartRadio is one of the best radio streaming services, offering a lot of songs, artists, and station with really great options to customize your playlist. However, the sound quality depends on your connection quality, and there are some other minor problems, so real audiophiles may want to look elsewhere.
- Intuitive interface
- Completely free
- Voting system.
- No custom playlists
- Skipping songs is limited
- Other minor problems.