Introducing iHeartRadio 5.0, Offering a More Personalized Listening Experience for Users
App Launches “For You” Feature, New User Interface And Enhanced Music Discovery Capabilities
Coming Soon to iHeartRadio — Chromecast Support
NEW YORK - June 16, 2014 – iHeartRadio, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s free digital music service, today launched iHeartRadio 5.0 for iOS and Android, focused on bringing iHeartRadio users an even more personalized listening experience with enhanced algorithms. Among the new algorithm updates to the digital radio service is the “For You” feature, which adds a genre selection tool for improved, more tailored station recommendations. iHeartRadio 5.0 will also include a sleeker, more beautiful and intuitive UI, improved search and simplified controls.
“iHeartRadio 5.0 features a significant upgrade to the way we serve our listeners” said Brian Lakamp, Clear Channel’s President of Digital. “We’ve been working diligently to personalize iHeartRadio and give our listeners more of the artists, the music and the kind of listening experience they want. iHeartRadio 5.0 accomplishes that by introducing recommendations, more intelligent design and a better user experience overall.”
Once downloaded, new iHeartRadio
users will be prompted to select their favorite music genres. Available categories will include: top 40 and pop, country, hip hop and R&B, rock, alternative, news and talk, sports, Christian and gospel, Spanish, dance, oldies, classic rock, mix and variety, soft rock, jazz, classical, comedy, world, college radio, and reggae and island. Users can easily access the new For You feature that will bring back recommendations based on location, genres you have chosen and music you have previously listened to and thumbed up, as well as recently played Custom and Live Stations.
iHeartRadio 5.0 is available for download now on Android
and will be available next week for iOS users
. In the coming months the new user-interface will become available across more devices, including Chromecast
support and other in-home integrations, to deliver a consistent iHeartRadio experience for music lovers, no matter their location or listening device.
The iHeartRadio app
provides access to more than 1,500 radio stations from across the country; user-created Custom Stations inspired by a favorite artist or song; thousands of curated digital stations "Perfect For" any mood or activity; and the new Shows & Personalities feature giving users access to the best on-demand news, talk and entertainment content available today. Other optimized features include the ability to save and easily access station Favorites, skip songs on Custom Stations, and thumbs up or thumbs down songs to improve recommendations. The app is 100 percent free with no subscription or capped hours.
About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 markets through 840 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com
and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems. iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 345 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history.
The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media & Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company.