IHeartRadio is getting into subscription services; and one of them offers a paid option that features a “replay” function (as shown at right) that lets a listener replay a song he or she just heard on a live radio stream.
The company announced the beta launch of iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access, “powered by Napster.” It is positioning these as the first services “adding on-demand functionality and interactivity to live radio.” The services are available in beta on iOS and Android devices and are set for full availability on mobile and desktop next month.
It said iHeartRadio Plus costs $4.99 a month and has the ability to replay songs from the radio and then return to the live station in progress. It offers live and custom Artist Radio stations including a “save” button to save songs to a playlist; a search function that accesses millions of tracks; and unlimited “skips.”
The premium version, iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster, costs $9.99 a month; it has the above features plus a personal music collection and library linked to the radio. The user can build his or her own personal music library. There is no playback cap, and the user can reorder, delete and sequence a playlist and manage unlimited playlists.
A features chart is below.