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Digital radio service iHeartRadio has 10 million users after just 8 months

by Phil Hornshaw

Apparently, people really like iHeartRadio.

The digital music platform, which has apps on both Android and iOS, has seen faster growth than just about any other entertainment platform, including Pandora, Spotify, Facebook and Twitter. According to a press release parent company Clear Channel just released, iHeartRadio has gained 10 million registered users in just the first 8 months of its existence. While other services have more users in their stables, iHeartRadio says it has grown its community of 10 million faster.

For those not in that 10 million group, iHeartRadio is an Internet radio service with more than 800 channels in its repertoire. It’s owned by media company Clear Channel, which controls lots of radio stations across the country, and that allows it to bring in a whole ton of digital broadcasts from all over. You can also live-stream Clear Channel’s broadcast radio stations just as you would be able to if you logged-in to a particular station’s website.

The announcement is the first time iHeartRadio has released user stats, and undoubtedly a big portion of its gains have to do with its mobile offerings. The service includes apps across all the major platforms and has issued a lot of updates to keep improving the mobile experience. Back in April, iHeartRadio’s Android app received an update that added 55 additional stations, 45 dedicated to music and 10 more from U.S. colleges.

The app also supports interaction with automotive company Ford’s SYNC service, which allows drivers to plug their phones into their cars and access certain apps using voice commands. It also allows streaming iHeartRadio’s stations through your car’s speakers, giving users access to all kinds of options from across the country.

Also in the stats released this week, Clear Channel says iHeartRadio is seeing 45 million unique visits across its network, which means that those 10 million registered users seem to be using iHeartRadio quite a bit.

The Android version of iHeartRadio is free; check it out here.