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.
The reVolver podcast network is making its shows available on iHeartRadio. The company’s programming targets U.S. Hispanic listeners with both English- and Spanish-language content.[read more]
iHeartMedia released financial results for the third quarter. In announcing the results, iHeart’s leadership kept the focus forward on upcoming digital projects. “This quarter, we were excited to announce the reimagining of live radio with our two new subscription services, iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access," Bob Pittman said.[read more]
Today brings an announcement from iHeartRadio that it has hired ex-TheBlaze, ex-TuneIn exec Chris Peterson as Senior Vice President of Podcasting. the announcement was made via an internal company memo. Peterson will oversee iHeartRadio’s overall podcast strategy and grow its profile in the podcast community.[read more]
iHeartRadio shared two announcements about where to tune in to its lean-back digital audio service. It has revised its presence on Xbox One and is part of a family programming service from Samsung.[read more]
iHeartRadio is launching in Canada this month. Plans to go north were first announced in January, when parent company iHeartMedia entered a partnership with Bell Media. Now the pair have set Oct. 10 as the official launch date, but Bell Media is making the service available now as part of a special preview period.[read more]
With its announcement of on-demand subscription services, iHeartMedia is stepping into a music-service pool swimming with sharks like Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Soundcloud, and others. Stiff and more or less established competition, but none of those existing services has the gigantic promotional leverage of iHeart's radio network, which has been activated already.[read more]
iHeartMedia has partnered with Advertising Age to create a podcast called Tagline. The twice-a-month podcast will focus on the advertising, marketing and communications industries, with experts giving an inside look at their work.[read more]
The rumor mill was buzzing earlier this week about iHeartMedia’s plans to enter on-demand streaming. Now, America's biggest broadcast group has announced that it has two such services in the works, both due to launch in January 2017. Details are scarce, but there is one important feature.[read more]