Was great on Windows Phone, new web app version six
By Nominally Normal
Loved this app on my Windows Phone, installed it when I was forced to switch to iPhone (which has been an inferior user experience in almost every way - it can’t even do autocorrect as well as the WP, but I digress), and it was pretty similar throughout the fall of 2017... logged in today, December, to find everything changed. I can’t figure out how to get to my favorite artist-based station (can find artist in search, but there doesn’t seem to be a station option anymore?) can’t find the Recently Played Songs list once I’m playing a station. It’s fine to change things, but not in such an extreme way that it appears so nonsensical to even fairly on-top-of-things users that they can’t easily find the features that are important to them. I don’t know if it was a web app before, but it must be because I don’t recall downloading an update and everything is just a little off, not polished and smooth like a native app would be. I expected that sort of thing on a minority platform like WP, but it’s really disappointing to have a worse experience on a brand new iPhone. Anyway, this app is in need of some major organizing/UI changes before it can match the user experience of previous versions. If I have to put in hours curating my stations (which looks like the direction this is going), as opposed to having a variety of stations that are good, just need minor tweaks to be great, I’d might as well use Pandora!
I would have given it a five star BC I simply love being too listen to my home rock station when I'm working BC I work out of town most of time. But for some crazy reason lately it has started at 100% volume, even just now I got a head start on it and began working it down to about 60 % for it just to jump right back full blast even though I was holding down on volume button. Now I really can't explain how out why it would be turning down and almost to the half mark just for it to jump to the full volume while I'm still holding on the volume but this is not some thing that I can take or tolerate at 615 am nor will my boss's or work mates at this time in the morning and hell it could give some one a heart attack when u go from nor hearing a thing where a needle could be able to be heard hitting the floor. But you could say every one is awake today after this Bluetooth box going off. Please let me know what could and out can be done and if it's anything to do on my part in really sorry for not given the extra star but I had the volume working down for it to start over. Thanks and please have this fixed or fixed for me. Have no complaints about anything else so everyone download this app and listen to your favorite tubes so day and all the time for free.
Please don't force me to listen to Theory of a Deadman
I never write reviews, yet HELLO! Here I am. I have a 30 minute drive home from work to listen to what I want. Today I decided it was a great day for A Day to Remember. I switch on my beloved (not so beloved anymore) iHeartRadio app to listen to ADTR, instead Theory of a Deadman starts playing. Okay, that's fine, that was the last station I listened to. I get it. I search "A Day" and BOOM!! iheart already knows what I want, by automatically pulling up ADTR. I click it and wait. And wait. And wait some more (not patiently might I add) it doesn't do anything but load. I get annoyed enough to exit the app and go back in hoping by doing that it might ACTUALLY help. LOL JOKES ON ME. Theory starts playing again. I search ADTR and click it and again it continues to load. I went back to Theory and it plays a Shinedown song, okay, I'll listen to this. Maybe after a full song plays I can try ADTR again. I go back to the search and find my station, and guess what?? If you said IT LOADS WITHOUT EVER PLAYING A SONG, you would be right. My whole 30 minute car ride was one Shinedown song and a whole lot of loading and annoyance. I'm over you iHeartRadio, more like iBreakHeartsRadio. I'm going back to Pandora, they may have commercials, but at least they don't force me to listen to Theory of a Deadman. It's been real, it's been not so fun, but Thanks for the Memories (subtle Fall Out Boy reference.) 🙄
Good App (Usually...)
Edit: It seems like all of the other problems I list below are gone now, due to the fact that I can’t get the app to play ANY music now. None of my stations work, they all constantly have a loading symbol, and where the artist’s other songs/info are, it says, “Artist Profile is not available at this time”. The app is completely useless to me at this point because it doesn’t do anything, and this started today only a few hours ago. This can’t be a phone problem because I have the latest iOS on a brand new iPhone 8. I’m hoping this will be fixed soon.
I've used this app for a few years, and I've discovered many new artists and songs through this app. However, I've been experiencing a few problems lately. My biggest problem is that sometimes the app will refresh in the middle of a song, and not just pause it, but get rid of the song completely. I'm not sure if I can fix this in my phone settings or if it's an app issue, but this has never happened before. Another issue is that some ads with sound play at the same time as a song, which is obviously annoying. Overall, it is a good app and does what it promises, but with a few bugs.
Deleted My saved stations again
I think this is the third time in around 6 months I open the app and go to “your library” click on a saved station (the only artist station I listen to) and as play begins realize it’s a song I’ve thumbs upped and it’s not again. All the thumbs ups gone, all the thumbs down gone. Glad I don’t have the paid subscription on one hand, and on the other, the ads that pop up and never auto disappear is a real pain as I listen while driving a truck and can’t exactly hit the “x” (conveniently located way to close to the ad itself so you hit the ad) to get rid of them so I can use the the afore mentioned thumb buttons.
UPDATE: it’s done it again and I give. Developer response is, as you can read, the typical send us an email. IHeart Media is a mega Corp, they want all their users to help fix their crap app for free and just continue to shove more ads down our throats so they make out like fat cats. The only reason I continue to have this app is because of one morning show I listen too sometimes. If it goes, so goes the app from my iPhone 6s Plus. Developers can respond when the crap is fixed and maybe I’ll check out again. Otherwise, I don’t get anything from iheart media corp, I don’t work for you, leave me and all others alone and concentrate on putting another ad somewhere!
To download or Not to d/l ?
I was going to dl the iheartradio Free app & thought I would check out the reviews before doing so. I was quite intrigued by the various array of issues that people pointed out, so I kept reading... first few reviews, I saw the response to the Reviewer’s issues by iheartradio was that they wanted to resolve whatever issues they were having & to please contact (email) them, so they can further address the problem(s). I thought, “Wow, they really do want to make sure that the problem is resolved for that person & seem to be taking that extra step in doing so.” Then I kept reading....I would have to say that each & every review that I read, the response was always the same , “pls contact (email) us, so that we can look into this issue and help you resolve it. “ Then I realized, why wouldn’t they address the issue or at least write down a foot note to the review,addressing the outcome & HOW it was corrected!!! I decided NOT to dl the app at this time bc I’m not if all the issues written about were ADDRESSED & CORRECTED ?? It’s great that you guys address the concerns and ask people to contact you for help -but how about letting the rest of us reading the reviews know how things turned out? Were the issues corrected & MORE IMPORTANTLY, How??
Total exercise in frustration
I have a favorite talk show podcast carried on iHeart. For many years, they made it available to me for download. Last year, iheart stopped allowing downloads and forced me into this streaming app. What a huge disappointment. The app can't properly keep track of where you are in the episode if you stop or pause. It will start in the beginning and force us to drag the slider to where we think we were. It also can't seem to keep track of which episode I've already listened to. Finally, it doesn't allow us to place unheard episodes in order. It always starts at the most recent, and forces me to stop and choose an earlier one. One small light in the tunnel. They have recently implemented a download feature instead of forcing us to listen while connected. Problem is, it doesn't work. When I download an episode for listening while not connected, the blue arrow shows up, but I'm still unable to listen off the grid. I spend my life aboard airplanes, so this feature is important to me. The iOS app isn't stable, is utterly festureless, and the UI is clumsy at best. iHeart, you can do better!
Podcasts and battery drain on IPhone
By Yuck 5
OK - I have to congratulate you on the changes that I actually don’t have to wait an hour to get my podcasts up and running. They don’t turn off like I want to but as long as they download, I am good for now. Thank you!
I listen to the podcasts at night and put the sleep timer on. It shuts off the podcast when set but find my phone at 19 percent battery every morning I do that with my phone plugged in. IHeartRadio uses my battery in 24 hours - 85 per cent of the charge. When I use it to listen maybe 4 hours a day - and plug in when my battery is low - this is crazy. Should have left podcasts where they were until you had it fine tuned before rolling out. This is the worst and love my Mark Belling podcasts when I can't listen live. Your setup now is way to hard to navigate because to many different buttons to hit - need the KISS system - keep it simple stupid!!
Great so far...
I switched over from Apple Music because I don’t care for the sound. There were just too many issues like wide volume fluctuations between tracks, etc. I never have these problems when I listen to the radio so I decided try the company who runs a lot of the stations. I’ve really enjoyed it so far. The sound quality is great and the playlists are dead on. Whatever technology they are using to figure what my preferences are is pretty much dead on correct. Any glitches I have experienced have been minimal. That’s a big deal for me because I won’t pay 12 bucks for something that doesn’t work. Thanks!
Update: I’ve noticed a major (to me) issue since the last update. When I’m listening to a playlist, the first few seconds of the next song will play and then it’s skipped. I prefer iHeartRadio over Apple Music by a mile but if the basics aren’t taken care of I will have to switch back.
American Top 40 with Casey Kasem!
Back when I had my car, I was paying $30/month for Sirius XM expressly for the purpose of listening to one Casey Kasem show each week. Someone on Facebook had suggested that I login to iHeartRadio and simply search “Casey Kasem”, and I found a channel that streams just American Top 40 shows from the 70s and 80s 24/7! Being only 25, I was never able to listen to his shows live, and Casey had passed just as I started getting into his shows in 2014. I had previously only kept iHeartRadio on my iPhone and iPad to be able to stream a station out of Grand Rapids, Michigan in November and December each year when they switch to Christmas music. Needless to say, I stream American Top 40 through iHeartRadio at least 1-2 hours a day, and often listen to it for extended periods while at work. Thank you iHeartRadio for making it possible for me to listen to an icon I didn’t get to know until it was too late.