How to add local news, traffic, and weather to iHeartRadio

New Add-ins for iHeartRadio help you to stay up-to-date with current events by inserting local news, traffic, and weather updates.

iHeartRadio iPad app
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Internet radio and music services offer a lot of customization options that allow us to focus on just the music. However, if you feel a bit out of touch with what's happening in the world around you, iHeartRadio's new Add-ins might be able to help. The new Add-ins insert local news, traffic, and weather updates to your custom stations every hour.

To enable Add-ins, log in to your iHeartRadio account on the Web and go to the Add-ins section in Settings. iHeartRadio will use your current location to provide local updates, or you can manually set a location via ZIP code.

iHeartRadio Add-ins settings
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Once you've chosen the Add-ins you want to turn on, the local updates will play every hour between songs. The Add-ins feature is only available on for now, but Clear Channel promises support for iOS , Android and others soon.

iHeartRadio Add-ins via discovery tuner
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Keep in mind that Add-ins play on every custom station and can't be set to specific stations. They can, however, be skipped without counting toward the daily limit.

(Via Engadget)

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