Today the Australian Radio Network (ARN) announced that the beta version of iHeartRadio, the world’s fastest growing digital music service, is now available in Australia.
ARN’s CEO Ciaran Davis said: “iHeartRadio combines the best of radio and digital, bringing together radio’s live and local relationships and the personal functionality of digital. We are leading the radio industry into its next era and are excited to be providing this unique digital service to the Australian public for the first time.”
iHeartRadio combines live radio listening with custom stations & ‘perfect for’ functionality. It already has more than 60 million monthly users in the USA alone, has reached 30 million registered users faster than Facebook, Twitter, Pandora or Spotify and the iHeartRadio apps have been downloaded 180 million times. Australia and New Zealand are the first expansion territories from the US for iHeartRadio.
Kate Beddoe, ARN’s National Director for iHeartRadio said: “iHeartRadio delivers everything listeners want in one free, easy to use service. The product offers access to hundreds of live radio stations and the ability to easily create your own customised radio stations based on your favourite artist, song or even what mood you are in.”
Beta Functionality includesl live streaming of radio stations from Australia (Clear Channel’s 850 live U.S. radio stations and New Zealand stations will also be available in September), the ability to build Custom Radio stations based on users favourite songs or artists, over 850 ‘Perfect For’, stations, music based on the user’s mood or activity, exclusive content featuring some of the biggest names in the global music industry and iHeartRadio Talk, a newly launched feature offering on-demand listener-created talk content side by side with popular talk, business, news, celebrity, comedy, sports and entertainment episodes from established personalities and shows.
Over the coming months, the product will continue to evolve with new functions and content being regularly released. This will culminate in September with the Australian and New Zealand launch of the mobile service.
You can try iHeartRadio here.