Today marks an historic event in Yahoo! Music history--as we announce a new relationship with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment in which the distinguished media company will become the Yahoo! Media Network's premiere digital radio service, and provide our 167 million U.S. users with an unprecedented, greatly enhanced entertainment experience.
Central will be the company's well-known iHeartRadio platform, which will offer users instant access to more than 1,000 of the nation's most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations, as well as user-initiated, commercial-free Custom Stations that tap into iHeartRadio's unrivaled catalog of more than 400,000 artists and 14 million songs.
Significantly, the deal also makes Yahoo! the exclusive web and mobile destination for fans looking forward to the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival, scheduled to take place Sept. 21-22 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Additionally, Yahoo! will be Clear Channel's web and mobile live webcast partner for 11 more live events in the coming year.
What does this mean for Y! Music users? At the very least, an enhanced, comprehensive radio experience allowing users more diversity than ever before in hearing expertly curated, professional radio programming. Add to that the ability to create and save commercial-free Custom Stations featuring your favorite artists and similar music and you've got an all-in-one solution at your fingertips.
Further, our alliance with iHeartRadio will offer users unprecedented web access to one of the year's biggest musical events, one which typically features music's biggest and most influential talents--and this year's iHeartMusic Festival is just one of a series of wonderful events Y! Music will now be able to showcase.
We hope you've been watching what's been going on at Y! Music lately: More than ever before, Yahoo! is making a powerful commitment to music--and to music fans--and striving to bring the best entertainment has to offer to your web, mobile and home experiences.
Keep watching because there's more in store.