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iHeartRadio launches in Australia and New Zealand

A new music-streaming site has launched locally, with the debut of digital radio service iHeartRadio.

Digital radio service iHeartRadio has launched in Australia and New Zealand.

(Credit: iHeartRadio)

With no fewer than 14 services currently on offer to Australians, the local music-streaming market is starting to get pretty crowded. The latest service to dip its toes into Antipodean waters is iHeartRadio, which is backed by the Australian Radio Network (ARN).

iHeartRadio first launched in the United States in 2011. Users can listen to live radio from ARN stations across the country, as well as create customised stations based on artists or songs, a little like Pandora. The catalogue is made up of 15 million songs and spans 400,000 artists. Currently, iHeartRadio is only available through a web browser, with apps for iOS and Android on the way.

According to RadioInfo, iHeartRadio has over 18 million registered users. The service is currently in beta, with Australia and New Zealand being the first countries outside of the US to receive access.

iHeartRadio joins other music-streaming services that are backed by radio networks in Australia, including Songl (Southern Cross Austereo) and Rdio (DMG Radio).