iTunes gets Clear Channel and FM radio tagging

Clear Channel has made ten of its AM/FM and Internet radio streams available to iPhone and iPod touch owners through its newly released iHeartRadio application.

The application draws content from the channel’s streaming radio website, and is being made available for free. The website also offers music news, live performances, ringtones, lyrics and more.

iPhone users playing music using the application can also take a look at album art and song lyrics which accompany the music. Oh, and they also get streamed ads, provided by Ando.

The 10 stations include: CHR top 40 WHTZ (Z100) New York, urban WWPR (Power 105.1)/New York, CHR/top 40 KIIS/Los Angeles, talk KFI/Los Angeles, CHR/top 40 WKSC (103.5 Kiss)/Chicago, rhythmic KYLD (Wild 94.9)/San Francisco, news KTRH/Houston, alternative WWDC (DC101)/Washington, CHR/top 40 WXKS (Kiss 108)/Boston, and sports KFAN/Minneapolis. Clear Channel has also included two Internet radio stations in their offering: erockster and Pride Radio.

In related news, RadioTAGr has introduced a new music service today that allows radio listeners to enjoy “iTunes Tagging” without requiring a special HD Radio receiver. Listeners to over 2,500 traditional radio stations can visit the website on their mobile phones or computers to see the artist and song name of the music that is playing on their FM radio. Listeners can then “Tag” songs they like for purchase from iTunes.

RadioTAGr founder H.L. DeVore said, “Free FM radio is the heart and soul of commercial music, it is where young teenagers continue to discover music they enjoy, even in this remarkably digital age.”

“The DJs and playlist managers of radio stations are more important than ever. They are our music gurus guiding us around the vast music landscape.”

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