New iHeartRadio Talk includes customizable channel "Daily Pulse"

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 12:35pm

Clear Channel today beta launched iHeartRadio Talk, a platform that offers on-demand professional and listener-created talk content -- which the company calls "audiosodes" -- through a partnership with Spreaker.

The centerpiece of the new system is called "Daily Pulse." This is a customizable channel of talk content with news and "culture highlights," to which listeners can add their favorite content.

The Spreaker partnership licenses that company's technology to enables users to capture, process, and upload their own created audio content to iHeartRadio Talk. An editorial staff will run a "quality control" on submitted content.

Featured exclusive iHeartRadio Talk content will sourced from The Huffington Post, Ryan Seacrest, Univision, and The Wall Street Journal. Clear Channel says iHeartRadio Talk will be the exclusive digital radio platform for ABC's "Good Morning America," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and "The View."

TechCrunch also covers the launch here.

Clear Channel releases iHeartRadio app for Windows Phone 8

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 1:40pm

Clear Channel has launched its iHeartRadio app for Windows Phone 8 app. For two weeks beginning today, iHeartRadio will be featured in Microsoft's "Summer of Appiness" campaign, which encourages customers to visit their local Microsoft retail store to experience the latest version of the app.

More than 1,500 live radio station streams are available on iHeartRadio (in addition to Clear Channel-owned broadcasters, the app also includes streams from Univision, Cumulus, Greater Media stations, WNYC, EMF's Contemporary Christian Air1 and K-Love stations, college radio, Cox, Emmis, Salem and others). It also offers user-created "Custom Stations" and Songza-like "Perfect For" mood-related stations. Clear Channel has recently added what it calls the "Discovery Tuner" to iHeartRadio. With it, the listener can adjust a Custom Station to play more familiar songs, or select "Less Familiar" to play a wider variety (we've seen this type of "slider" control with SiriusXM's MySXM and Slacker).

The new Windows Phone 8 app will enable users to pin stations directly to the phone's Start screen as Live Tiles for quick launch, and will allow users to view what's playing without opening the app.

iHeartRadio gets exclusive on HuffPost Live Radio

Monday, June 24, 2013 - 3:50pm

The Huffington Post will make Clear Channel's iHeartRadio the exclusive home for its HuffPost Live Radio webcast.

HuffPost Live Radio streams live programming twelve hours daily (10a-10p ET), and repeats during the off-hours, according to the New York Business Journal. Beginning July 1, the stream will be available exclusively on iHeartRadio's website and iOS and Android mobile apps.

Just to be clear, HuffPost Live (here) seems (right now) to be live and archived video content from Huffington Post. HuffPost Radio (here) is the outlet's podcast/on-demand segment.

The Business Journal's Dan Orlando points out, "in May, Clear Channel hired Brian Kaminsky, formerly of the Huffington Post to run its digital radio division."

The New York Business Journal's story is here.

iHeartRadio tops 30 million registered users since launch

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 10:55am

Clear Channel says it's topped 30 million registered users of its iHeartRadio webcasting platform, hitting the milestone in under two years since launch. The company says that makes iHeartRadio second only to Instagram as the fastest-growing digital service in Internet history.

While listeners can tune in to iHeartRadio broadcast streams without registering, registration is also free and not all accounts are actively used. This makes the "30 million" number a poor indicator of the service's reach.

Clear Channel says the iHeartRadio mobile app has been downloaded 175 million times, and more than 60 million monthly unique users come to the service across its digital network.

iHeartRadio total listening hours in first quarter up 31% over last year

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 11:50am

Clear Channel's iHeartRadio reached 29 million registered users in the first quarter, more than half of whom were on mobile devices like smartphones or tablets.

Mobile listening accounted for 55% of the service's total listening hours during the first quarter, which were up 31% year-over-year, the company revealed in yesterday's 2013Q1 earnings report.

Competitor Pandora says more than 75% of its listening is now on mobile devices (see The New York Times here). And though Pandora says its mobile revenue is now growing faster than its mobile audience (see RAIN here), the webcaster recently capped mobile listening at 40 hours a month for users of the free, ad-supported streaming (more here).

There's more on Clear Channel's Q1 earnings here.

Leading webcasters hold their own against AM/FM with major market Hispanics, says The Media Audit

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 12:15pm

The Media Audit says its new study "found that among top Hispanic radio markets, Pandora and iHeartRadio remain competitive when compared to Hispanic-programmed local radio stations that heavily focus on the Hispanic market."

In the Los Angeles metro, the nation's top Hispanic market, over a quarter (25.9%) of the market's nearly four million Hispanics report being weekly Pandora listeners. That's more than a million weekly listeners, "topping weekly listening of all Hispanic-programmed stations or radio clusters," says The Media Audit.

New York is the nation's top market overall. There, Pandora reaches over a third (34%) of metro New York's 3.2 million Hispanics every week. Clear Channel's iHeartRadio reaches 560-thousand New York Hispanics weekly. And nearly one in four of Miami's 1.7 million Hispanics are weekly Pandora listeners, "again ranking the popular Internet radio service number one among all Hispanic-programmed stations or radio clusters."

The Media Audit looked at Hispanic online radio listening in the nation's top ten markets (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta). They say nearly a third (32.7%) of Hispanics in top ten U.S. markets have used Internet radio in the past month. Not many fewer (29.8%) are weekly listeners.

Read more from The Media Audit here.

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