Music recommender system
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iHeartRadio is an Internet radio platform owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. Founded in April 2008 as the website iheartmusic.com, iHeartRadio now functions as both a music recommender system and a radio network that aggregates audio content from over 800 local Clear Channel radio stations across the United States, as well as hundreds of other stations and various other media. iHeartRadio is available online, via mobile devices, and on select video game consoles. In 2014, iHeartRadio started an awards show titled iHeartRadio Music Awards and regularly produces concerts in Los Angeles and New York though the iHeartRadio Theater locations.
Prior to 2008, Clear Channel's various audio products were decentralized, with individual stations on their own sites, as well as a site known as the Format Lab providing feeds of between 40 and 80 networks that were used primarily on Clear Channel's HD Radio subchannels.
In April 2008, the iHeartRadio brand launched as www.iheartmusic.com—a website featuring entertainment news, national news, music content including albums, singles on demand, and music videos, as well as access to over 750 Clear Channel radio stations online.
On October 7, 2008, Clear Channel Radio launched the first version of the free streaming radio application known as iHeartRadio to the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch through the App Store; 12 stations in 8 markets were included in this first release.
In mid-October 2012, iHeartRadio launched online audio news/weather/traffic streams for Tampa, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City, and 15 other metropolitan cities, branded as "24/7 News". Their looping programming is similar to that of NOAA Weather Radio's.
On July 14, 2013, iHeartRadio launched in New Zealand and Australia.
On July 24, 2013, iHeartRadio launched a new talk radio feature: iHeartRadio Talk. It will feature original programming from celebrities like Ryan Seacrest and allow users to upload their own content through Spreaker.
iHeartRadio was ranked #4 on AdAge's Entertainment A-List.
On customized stations, songs are chosen at random based on a song or artist a user chooses. Users also have the option to listen to iHeartRadio's original stations that work exactly like customized ones. Once a station is created, users can set the discovery tuner to Familiar, Less Familiar, or Mixed. Listeners can also hear live radio stations.
The iHeartRadio player has a Like/Dislike (Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down) rating tool used on songs playing on live and customized radio stations. "Liking" a certain song for all live/customized stations will have it played more often. For original/customized stations, "disliking" the song will not have it played again, and for live stations, "disliking" the song will reduce its play frequency.
It is noted that in rare cases on live stations, a song can be misidentified. One example is the song "The Walker" by indie pop/neo soul group Fitz and The Tantrums was incorrectly tagged as "The Weekend (Extended Vocal Mix)" by house music producer Michael Gray.
- Custom stations are limited to one seed
- Daily skips are limited to fifteen combined per day and six per hour per station
- Like/Dislike choices cannot be undone (although a liked song currently playing can be banned)
- New songs on live stations cannot be rated until they are added to the database
- Cannot rewind or fast-forward
- Cannot record
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