If you like Top 40 radio, listen to iheart radio

Aug 29, 2009
Music

If you’re a fan of commercial radio stations, iheart radio might be the right radio station app for you. But I doubt it. With only a few stations for you to pick from (far fewer than Last.fm or Y! Music), the music selection is weak. The majority of the stations tend toward Top 40 style […]

If you’re a fan of commercial radio stations, iheart radio might be the right radio station app for you. But I doubt it.

With only a few stations for you to pick from (far fewer than Last.fm or Y! Music), the music selection is weak. The majority of the stations tend toward Top 40 style music, so if you’re looking for some underground electronica or even Broadway show tunes, you won’t find them here. Even if you like Top 40 radio, you can still get that plus a lot more on other radio station apps. 

Also included are a number of talk radio stations from around the country, spanning general news, sports and political commentary.

The iheart radio app is basically a listing of broadcast radio stations from across the country. It is easy to use and simple to set up. Users can search for radio stations by format, personality (maybe you want to listen to Ryan Seacrest’s station) and, as its best feature, by city. 

If you like to sing along, iheart radio does have an interesting function where for some songs you also see the lyrics. That feature is not always available, and when it is, it brings it up in full text, as opposed to karaoke style.

Another interesting feature is that each song is introduced, so you never have to look for the song name or artist. This could help if you’re driving or listening with the player in your pocket.

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Overall, you can get a wider and better selection of music on other apps. Plus, you can’t skip any songs if one comes up that you don’t like. You might as well just listen to car radio. 

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Matthew Hendrickson

Matthew Hendrickson is a freelance writer and Editor and Chief of Jettison Quarterly. He lives in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and has a degree in journalsim from Columbia College. He has written for the Chicago Journal, The Chicago Reporter, and ChicagoTalks.  His three-part story about lead poisoning rates in Chicago was featured at Propublica.org and IRE.org.

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