From Beats to Pandora "personalized" is streaming music's buzzword of 2014. iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's free digital music service, joined the fray today launching new iOS and Android apps designed to give users a more personalized experience via "enhanced algorithms". Among the updates is “For You”, which adds a genre selection tool for tailored station recommendations.
Once downloaded, new iHeartRadio users will be prompted to select their favorite music genres. Available categories will include: top 40 and pop, country, hip hop and R&B, rock, alternative, news and talk, sports, Christian and gospel, Spanish, dance, oldies, classic rock, mix and variety, soft rock, jazz, classical, comedy, world, college radio, and reggae and island.
Current users can access the new For You feature that will offer recommendations based on location, genres you have chosen and music previously listened to and thumbed up, as well as recently played Custom and Live Stations.
Chromecast & More
iHeartRadio 5.0 is available for download now on Android and will be available next week for iOS users. In the coming months the new user-interface will become available across more devices, including Chromecast and other in-home integrations,