iHeartRadio for iOS review: Top streaming app keeps getting better

The latest version of iHeartRadio adds even more useful features. Across the top of your search screen, there are now tabs for For You, Favorites, and Perfect For. For You is a new feature that remembers the music you listen to most, then makes recommendations that will fit your tastes. Favorites is the place where you can keep the mixes and stations you liked previously so you can get back to them easily. Perfect For takes a page from popular app Songza's book, letting you pick from categories like Road Trip, Working Out, or Love and Romance to give you music that fits a specific setting or mood.

Another new feature is accessed by opening the slide-out menu via a button in the upper left of the interface. A new selection called Shows and Personalities lets you browse on-demand episodes in categories like sports, news, comedy, and more.

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You can now use album art as the background for your player. Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

Album art backgrounds

Also new to iHeartRadio is a way to change the interface to display album covers full screen as you listen to music. The interface elements such as the thumbs up, thumbs down, and skip controls are still there, but they float above the album artwork, giving the interface a better look.

To switch the player look, simply go to the slide-out menu, navigate to Account Settings, then touch Player Display. Here you'll find a switch you can turn on or off to display album art in a window or as the full background to your player. While few people probably stare at the interface while listening to music, the new look is a nice touch that improves the iHeartRadio experience.

The only problem with this new feature is that, in order to fit on your iPhone screen, the image will be stretched horizontally. This won't matter when the subject is a picture, but when there are words on screen (like the album name or artist), sometimes you won't be able to read the entire thing. It's not a big deal, but it's worth noting.

Conclusion

iHeartRadio is not new to the App Store, but what started out as a strong streaming-radio app has only gotten better with time. New features like the For You section make it easy to discover new stations you know you'll probably like, and the Perfect For section is great for finding the right music to fit your mood.

The app still won't let you pause or record music, but for streaming radio and custom mixes, iHeartRadio is still one of my favorite apps.

If you want an excellent streaming-radio app and don't mind not being able to pick songs directly, iHeartRadio is one of the best in the App Store.

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