iHeartRadio for Android review: The best free streaming-radio app available

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The Good With iHeartRadio, you can access more than 1,500 live stations from around the U.S., as well as the service's library of more than 15 million songs. The best part, though, is that custom stations are ad-free.

The Bad No pause, rewind, or record controls.

The Bottom Line The best free streaming-radio app on the market, iHeartRadio takes some of (but not all) the best features from TuneIn Radio Pro and combines them with Pandora-like functionality.


9.0 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 9.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Performance 10.0

Think of iHeartRadio as a sort of Pandora-TuneIn-Radio hybrid. It lets you stream live radio from more than 1,500 stations around the country and create custom stations based on a song or artist. And did I mention that the custom stations are all ad-free? Just sign in with an e-mail address or Facebook account to get started.

Similar to TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio offers live streaming of AM/FM radio stations from all over the U.S. If you're searching for your favorite local station, chances are good that you'll find it. The app includes everything from pop, country, rock, electronic, and hip-hop, to talk and college stations. From the Live Stations tab, you can browse by city or genre, or look at a list of only stations that are located near you. The Talk Radio section also presents options including News and Talk, Public Radio, and Sports stations. While you're listening to a live station, you can hit the scan button to have the app jump to a similar offering, even from other parts of the country. Think of this as a more targeted version of the Scan button on your car stereo.

And then, of course, there is the Pandora-like functionality that iHeartRadio offers. To use it, simply hit the Create tab at the top of the main dashboard, and use the Search bar to find a song or artist, just as you would on Pandora. From there, iHeartRadio will create a completely ad-free station based on your selection. Its library consists of more than 15 million songs and 400,000 artists, which means iHeartRadio is fully capable of putting together an enjoyable playlist with both popular hits and more-obscure tracks. And conveniently, all of your stations get saved under the My Stations tab on the main dashboard.

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