iHeartRadio announces integration with navigation app Waze

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iHeartRadio has announced a new partnership with crowdsourced mapping application Waze which will see the two apps integrated in Australia.

The two million Australian’s already using Waze will now be able to access iHeartRadio’s live radio, music streaming and podcasts without leaving the Waze app.

iHeartRadio and Waze integration had been available in the US since November last year.

The new audio player is embedded within the Waze app, with radio stations available including ARN’s KIIS and Pure Gold Networks, ABC and SBS, Macquarie Media, Kinderling and the ACE Radio network.

Drivers can also use iHeart’s capabilities to play customize playlists and listen to podcasts.

“The integration of the Waze and iHeartRadio apps is the perfect combination for commuters in Australia,” said iHeartRadio Australia COO Geraint Davies.

“Offering the ability to listen to your favourite Breakfast Show, Drive Show or podcast, while also taking the fastest route – thanks to the huge community of Waze users constantly updating local traffic conditions – makes this a great partnership.”

After downloading the Waze and iHeartRadio for free from the App Store or Google Play Store, Waze will automatically detect and present a music note icon.

Selecting the icon will allow iHeartRadio content to stream directly within the Waze app.

“We’re thrilled to bring the integration of the iHeartRadio and Waze apps to drivers in Australia,” said Waze head of global partnerships Adam Fried.

“Waze users nationwide can now enjoy an even more safe and seamless experience, listening to their favourite content from iHeartRadio while benefiting from Waze’s community of drivers sharing real-time information on the road ahead.”

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