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iHeartRadio review: Pricing, features and devices

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Stream your favorite radio stations online or let iHeartRadio build you one.

iHeartRadio is a free Internet radio service that offers both live radio stations and custom stations tailored to a user’s music tastes. It offers live streams from local stations as well as the ability to create custom radio stations from an expansive library.

30 Days

Free trial length

$5.99

Individual plan price

30 Million

Library size

Details

Streaming quality 128 kbps
Available offline Yes
Library size 30 Million
Basic subscription $5.99
Free trial Yes
Free trial length 30 Days
Family plan offered No
Family plan device limit
Family plan price $

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Create custom radio stations
  • Listen to live radio streams from stations around the world
  • Play songs on demand with paid subscriptions

Cons

  • Free subscribers can’t choose to listen to specific songs — only playlists
  • Plus subscription is only available on iOS and Android

What features does iHeartRadio support?

Features include:

Custom radio stations

Select a genre, mood, artist or song and iHeartRadio will build you a custom radio station from a library of millions of tracks. And you can adjust how much emphasis iHeartRadio should place on new versus familiar artists using the service’s Discovery Tuner tool.

And iHeartRadio will create a “My Favorites Radio” station based on the songs and artists you listen to most.

Live radio

Tune in to live radio broadcasts from stations all over the world.

Entertainment news

iHeartRadio also maintains a feed of the hottest happenings in the world of music. From the latest tour dates to the new viral music video tearing up the YouTube charts, the quick-hit coverage is a handy way of keeping up-to-date with the biggest news in the music industry.

Podcasts

Podcasts and music go hand in hand these days, so it’s no surprise that iHeartRadio includes a variety of podcasts covering topics like food, politics, sports and more.

iHeartRadio Family

Available online or as a standalone app built for kids between the ages of 4 and 11, iHeartRadio Family offers curated music from kid-friendly artists like Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. It also includes songs and educational programming featuring characters like Thomas the Tank Engine, Elmo and Dora the Explorer.

What are the live events?

iHeartRadio runs and sponsors live music events all around the world featuring artists like Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello and 5SOS. These range from fan meet-and-greets to full-blown concerts. If you can’t make it to an event in person, the iHeartRadio website posts all the news, photos and videos from iHeartRadio Live events for you to browse at your leisure.

But subscribing to the streaming service doesn’t get you free tickets, and the events can be pricey. When we checked in October 2019, tickets for the upcoming Jingle Ball concert in NYC ranged from $174 to $5,113.

What can I listen to on iHeartRadio?

The service offers millions of tracks, with big-name artists like Lizzo, Shawn Mendes and Post Malone. It also streams radio stations from all over the country.

If you’ve bought your fair share of CDs and MP3s over the years, use Spotify to play music files on your device. This saves you from managing multiple music libraries and media players.

But it’s worth mentioning that the free iHeartRadio tier restricts you to skipping a maximum of six songs every hour per station, up to a total maximum of fifteen skips per day across all stations. And picking specific songs to listen to is limited to the paid tiers.

What devices are compatible with iHeartRadio?

iHeartRadio is compatible with a wide range of devices.

Mobile

  • Android devices
  • iOS devices

Web player

  • Internet Explorer 11 and above
  • Firefox 52 and above
  • Google Chrome 62 and above
  • Microsoft Edge 15 and above
  • Safari 10 and above

TV

  • Apple TV (v1.2.0)
  • Android TV
  • Samsung TV
  • Vizio TV
  • LG TV
  • TiVo

Video game systems

  • Xbox One

Smart home device compatibility

iHeartRadio is available on the following smart home devices:

  • Amazon Dot. Available with a subscription.
  • Amazon Echo. Available with a subscription.
  • Google Home Hub. Stream live iHeartRadio stations with Chromecast built in.

How much does iHeartRadio cost?

TierCost per monthFeatures
Basic$0
  • Live radio
  • Personalized artist radio stations
  • Podcast library
Plus$4.99
  • Live radio
  • Personalized artist radio stations
  • Podcast library
  • Unlimited song skips
  • Play songs and albums on demand
  • Save and replay songs from the radio
All Access$9.99
  • Live radio
  • Personalized artist radio stations
  • Podcast library
  • Unlimited song skips
  • Play songs and albums on demand
  • Save and replay songs from the radio
  • Create unlimited playlists
  • Download and listen to songs offline
Family plan$14.99
  • All Access plan for up to 5 family members

Is All Access worth it?

It depends on how and where you listen. If you want the ability to listen without using up your data or when you don’t have access to the internet, like while hiking, the All Access plan is worth the monthly fee.

If you’re a dedicated music fan with unlimited data and you’re rarely anywhere without 4G, the Plus plan may be the best deal for you. It allows you to pick and choose what songs you want to listen to and skip as many songs as you want on artist playlists.

Compare over 10 music streaming services

Updated January 27th, 2020
Name Product Free trial length Library size Streaming quality Offline availability Individual plan price
Amazon Music Unlimited
30 Days
50 Million
256 kbps
Yes
$9.99
Apple Music
3 Months
50 Million
320 kbps
Yes
$9.99
Tidal Premium
30 Days
25 Million
320 kbps
Mobile only
$10
Tidal HiFi
Tidal HiFi
30 Days
25 Million
1411 kbps
Mobile only
$20
Deezer
30 Days
56 Million
320 kbps
Yes
$9.99
Spotify Premium
3 Months
50 Million
320 kbps
Yes
$9.99
SoundCloud Go+
30 Days
120 Million
Not revealed
Yes
$9.99
Pandora Plus
30 Days
30 Million
320 kbps
Yes
$4.99
Pandora Premium
60 Days
30 Million
160 kbps
Yes
$9.99
iHeartRadio
30 Days
30 Million
128 kbps
Yes
$5.99
Google Play Music
30 Days
35 Million
320 kbps
Mobile only
$9.99
YouTube Music
30 Days
30 Million
128 kbps
Yes
$11.99
SiriusXM Radio
3 Months
Not revealed
Yes
$8
LiveXLive
4 Months
128 kbps
Yes
$3.99

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Case study: Gabrielle's experience

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Gabrielle Pastorek
Writer
I downloaded the free version of iHeartRadio when I moved out of range of my favorite radio stations. I love that I can listen to any station I want using this app, plus create playlists, catch podcasts, listen offline and connect to Bluetooth — all for free. Just like listening to the radio, though, you have to bear with commercials and ads. But if you’re looking for an app that’s easy to use and take on the go, the occasional ad seems like a small price to pay.

I use the iHeartRadio app for basic functions: to listen to the radio while I’m in my barn without Wi-Fi and for the occasional workout playlist. But I understand there are plenty of bells and whistles, especially with the paid version, if you’re looking for more.

Bottom line

If you’re a fan of listening to the radio, then iHeartRadio is for you. If you prefer to pick and choose which songs you want to listen to, then you’ll need to either choose a paid subscription or compare other streaming services.

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