iHeartMedia, the creator of iHeartRadio, announced today the launch of two new subscription services — iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access — set to debut in January 2017.
We’re now making it easier than ever for iHeartRadio users to think of music discovery and collecting in a brand new and easy-to-use way,” said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio in a statement. “For the first time ever, when listeners hear a new or favorite song on the radio they can instantly replay a song and even save it directly to a playlist. We are reimagining radio — with the new technologies and offerings powered by our on-demand options, music discovery, music collecting and the power of community and companionship fostered by live radio and influential and trusted personalities. iHeartRadio is now combining it all for the first time; there’s no other digital music service that can do this.”
The two new iHeartRadio services are iHeartRadio Plus, which will be focused on the enhanced radio experience, and iHeartRadio All Access, which will go beyond iHeartRadio Plus to include a full on demand music collection experience – but one still tied directly to radio, according to iHeartMedia.
iHeartRadio has reached license agreements with Warner Music Group, Sony Music Group and Universal Music Group, and in addition has signed agreements with independent record labels and distributors including The Orchard, Entertainment One, INgrooves, DashGo, Naxos and CD Baby.
MacDailyNews Take: We’ll stick with Apple Music, thanks. That’s where new music goes first, often exclusively. And it’s all “on-demand.” With Apple Music and Spotify duking it out, it’s tough to see room for yet another music subscription service.