iHeartRadio has reached a new audience milestone. The online audio company has reached 100 million registered users. “100 million registered users is an amazing milestone, and we are thrilled to see such great momentum and traction for iHeartRadio,” iHeartRadio President Darren Davis said.[read more]
The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of iHeartRadio in a pre-1972 copyright lawsuit. The online audio platform was in court over the question of whether its service should be treated as a broadcast, and thus exempt from a state statute that makes it illegal to transfer sound recordings without the owner’s consent.[read more]
For the first year, SXSW has opened a Podcast Stage for live podcast production, turning what is historically a recorded medium into performance art. It's not a first-time breakthrough for podcasting generally, but it does start to put podcasting on an even footing with live music as a festival attraction -- especially since the interactive and music agendas overlap this year.[read more]
Digital media veteran Kavi Halemane has joined iHeartRadio as GM/Digital Programming, iHeart announced. He is positioned in the product team, reporting to Chief Product Officer Chris Williams. The appointment starts immediately.[read more]
PRX and iHeartRadio are collaborating on a day of live podcast performances at SXSW. Podcasts are usually put through re-recording and editing in order to get a polished final episode, so the trend of live recordings poses a challenge for the producers.[read more]
Global podcasting platform audioBoom announced that it has created a distribution partnership with iHeartRadio, whereby its on-demand audio programs are exposed to iHeartRadio's millions of listeners.[read more]
Prince’s catalog from Warner Bros is confirmed for release to streaming services on Sunday. NPR received word of the date from Napster, and the songs are expected to be available on most other streaming platforms as well. iHeartRadio has some purple plans for celebration. Universal has secured rights to manage the rest of Prince's catalog.[read more]
Podcast specialist ART19 has entered a partnership that will bring its API (application program interface) to iHeartMedia. ART19’s API will allow its podcast publishers whose shows appear on iHeartRadio to access more advanced data about how people are listening.[read more]
MusicWatch sent RAIN News a pre-release note with results of its 2016 'Music Streaming Wars' study, and found that Pandora was had the largest share of weekly music listening at 28%. YouTube took second place with a 27% share. Both of those figures include the audio companies’ free and paid tiers.[read more]
iHeartRadio has officially launched its two new streaming audio services, rolling them out widely after a month of testing. The two services emerging from beta are iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access Powered By Napster. Both were introduced in December; RAIN News conducted a review of the new features.[read more]
Thrive Global is working with iHeartRadio to produce a podcast on well-being. Thrive is a startup from Arianna Huffington, who recently left her Huffington Post brand to launch this new venture.[read more]
As promised in September, iHeartRadio has launched its two-tiered subscription product: iHeartRadio Plus, and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster.
Both are being rolled out in beta today, with a free 30-day trial. The new subscriptions service features two breakthrough functions: replaying and saving songs from live radio.