iHeartRadio

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Hear live radio or custom stations; iffy lyrics possible.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about local and world events through regional, news, and talk radio stations. The app’s ability to let users create stations based on their favorite musicians or songs is likely to be the biggest draw. However, if kids are willing to tune in to the available news coverage, they’ll learn about global happenings and news from more than 35 states. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t offer any written materials -- which would help kids learn more about the topics that are discussed. Kids could learn about current events with iHeartRadio, but they'd need to make a special effort.

Ease of Play

The app walks you through how to set up a station and has easy-to-navigate lists of the local and musical genre-based stations.

Violence

If the account has custom radio enabled, depending on which songs/artists users pick, stations could include songs that mention or glorify violence. Custom radio may be disabled in settings, but it's not possible to password-protect the setting.

Sex

If the account has custom radio enabled, depending on which songs/artists users pick, stations could include songs with sexual content. Custom radio may be disabled in settings, but it's not possible to password-protect the setting.

Language

If the account has custom radio enabled, depending on which songs/artists users pick, stations could include songs with mature language. Custom radio may be disabled in settings, but it's not possible to password-protect the setting.

Consumerism

Some pre-existing stations include ads, and in 2012 custom stations will as well; you can also purchase songs through stores like iTunes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Songs and comedy routines that mention beer, pot, and other substances are available.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that iHeartRadio is an app that plays both live radio and custom radio. With live radio, you'll hear what's being played on select radio stations across the country. Custom radio allows you to create a station based on a song or singer you like, and may include explicit content depending on the songs or artists you choose. To use custom radio, you have to first connect to Facebook, and iHeartRadio asks to access your basic profile information (name, profile picture, gender, networks, friend list, and other details).

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytim oleary February 4, 2020

jim fisher

iheart radio... listen up. I have been listening to Jim Fisher for years and years....
I am STUNNED that you would would let a member of this community go... i... Continue reading
Adult Written byCarol T. May 14, 2018

Easy to use but commercials in Spanish annoying.

There are a lot of commercials that are very repetitive and some are in Spanish which is quite annoying when listening to an English broadcast. It is handy to... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 6, 2015

Nice Radio App

I like this radio app. If you don't want to hear explicit stuff, just turn it off in the settings, change the station, or skip the song. It's that sim... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byCooltiger37 August 31, 2018

Great website, just as long as you avoid stations with explicit content

As long as you avoid stations that obviously have explicit content on them such as "Eminem Radio" and put on something like "Beatles Radio"... Continue reading

What's it about?

Select a regional, news, or sports-based radio station from the iHeartRadio app’s ample list, or create a station based on one of your favorite artists or a specific song. (The station will include that musician's songs and ones from similar artists.) You can select stations at random with the scan feature and like or dislike songs to further customize your self-made stations. The app requires you to register through Facebook or enter an email address. It’s free, easy to use, and offers a hefty list of stations and songs.

Is it any good?

The IHEARTRADIO app offers music fans two choices: Select one of more than 800 regional radio stations, or create a personalized station based on one of your favorite artists or a specific song. (The station will include that musician's songs and ones from similar artists.) Some features echo the Pandora app -- you're encouraged to rate songs, and you can only skip so many. However, iHeartRadio's regional stations offer some unique extras. The scan feature should please incessant car radio flippers, and the station list gives a thorough mix of cities -- you can tune in to stations from Sarasota to Seattle. Stations are also listed by their musical genre and by subject matter, such as news, comedy, or sports.

Until the end of 2011, the user-created stations are commercial-free. However, if you're hoping to create or save your own station, you're required to log in using Facebook first. The app will access your basic profile information -- including your name, friend list, and other details. Custom stations may include mature content; helping kids pick musicians to create stations can also help prevent them from stumbling across content meant for older listeners.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Discuss some of the topics and events mentioned on the news stations.

  • Talk with kids about how to evaluate media messages and detect biased reporting. Some of the stations on iHeartRadio have a conservative or liberal slant.

  • Create playlists for your kids based on age-appropriate artists. Have teens create lists for you, too!

App details

For kids who love music

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