The music streaming app, iHeartRadio, was released for BlackBerry 10 last week. I’ve spent a little bit of time playing around with it and thought I would let you know why it needs to be your favorite music app.

Custom Stations

Much like Pandora, Rdio, Slacker, and other apps of this sort, iHeartRadio allows you to search for an artist and stream music of that artist, as well as music that is similar to it. While this is nothing new for smartphones, iHeartRadio takes it one step further by allowing you to select how strict the guidelines are with the music selection.

When listening to your favorite station, press the arrow that says, “Tuner,” and a menu will drop down that allows you to customize the variety of music selected. Familiar will stick to the most popular artists on that channel, Mixed will have a larger variety of artists, and less familiar will play an even wider selection. This one feature sets iHeartRadio apart from the competition.

Local Radio Stations

iHeartRadio was created by Clear Channel Media, so they have control over all the radio stations that fall under that umbrella. If you’ve used other radio apps, such as TuneIn, you may have noticed that a few stations were absent from the selection. Chances are these were channels that are run by Clear Channel and could only be listened to using iHeartRadio. All these stations, plus thousands others from all over the country, are available for streaming.

No Commercials

As far as I can tell from the time I’ve spent with the app, there are no commercials played when you’re using the custom stations. Commercials will play when you’re listening to radio stations, but that’s pretty much a given.

No Android Port Here!

If you’ve been following me on Twitter for a while, you’ll probably remember a time a while back where I shared my hatred for iHeartRadio. I went on several rants on how the app would drastically drain my battery on my 9700, and how there was no app for anything running 7.0 or higher.

Clear Channel finally made me eat crow by releasing a phenomenal app that is also BlackBerry 10 native. No Android port! This means the app is fluid, gorgeous, and super simple to navigate.

I could go on for pages about why this is so great, but for the sake of time I’ll simply say that native apps will always be preferential to Android ports.

Download iHeartRadio for BlackBerry 10 from BlackBerry World.