personal music playlists with radio style A-I transitions? Meet IHeart Radio App

iOS and iPadOS

For years, I have been looking for an iOS app that would allow me to have inteligent/smart crossfading. Remember Muxica? It tried and did all right, allowed for local music library. That app went away years ago.
Now . Meet IHeart Radio. which allows for near perfect A-I transitions, (much like Stationplaylist or terestrial radio listening)
And what's better ? It uses IHeart's streaming music service to pull tracks from, so you can have most any track available.
This is as close to the real track transitions deal, on iOS, as it currently gets.
I have recently written a suggestion to the IHeart radio app dev team, asking for import, from apple music playlists which may work like the following/below. (I have seen this within another streaming service/app Pace Maker) so I know it technically can be done. Note, to use Pace Maker you must use Voiceover screen recognision extensively.)
The local music library, including Apple Music, would be browsed on the users device, including playlists.
A playlist of choice would be selected and pulled.
The music tracks within the playlist would be matched against IHearts Music library, and a playlist within IHeart radio would be created with the matched tracks, in the order of the playlist pulled from the Apple music library.
For Apple music subscribers, this would allow for re-creation for personal Apple music playlists, into a service that allows for propercrossfading/transitions.
Hopefully this feature, will come in the future.
For now, download IHeart radio
create a free account, create a playlist on the free account and experience proper transitions/crossfading.



Submitted by Matthew Whitaker on Thursday, July 15, 2021

Hi. Sounds interesting. How accessible is this app?
Thank you so much :-)

Submitted by Brian Giles on Friday, July 16, 2021

I tried this with some of their preprogrammed playlists and the personal station it created for me, but I didn't notice much of a difference. Does this only work with user created playlists?

AM is a lot better at recommending music for me. I nicknamed my personal station the bangers station because a few months ago I could go quite a while without having to skip songs. Now it seems to have gone back to playing a lot of songs over and over. I like iHeart's Apple Watch app better though; you don't have to go into a menu to like or dislike songs.

As for accessibility, this app is totally accessible now. I downloaded it when it first came out in around 2011, and it was very hit and miss.

I'm kind of surprised Apple hasn't added crossfade to Apple Music, especially since there were reports of it showing up in the Android beta last year.

Submitted by David Morton on Friday, May 13, 2022

Cause I wrote it!

I know it's been forever, but I'm so happy that people remember it. Unfortunately, the reason I had to quit developing it was a combination of losing access to the Apple computer I was using at the time, and by the time I had a MacBook again, Apple had started implementing iCloud Music, which, unfortunately, killed the app's ability to analyze each song for RMS compression due to the music files being non-resident on the device.

Anyway, I was just adding some things about the app in my resume, and wanted to stop by the AppleVIS community and say hi to everyone. I miss you guys!