Announced at WWDC 2013 iTunes Radio is a new music streaming service from Apple. Similar to services such as Spotify and Pandora, iTunes Radio streams music from the largest of all online music stores with over 26 million songs (as of September 2012) to you from anywhere. Officially launching in the fall alongside the next-generation iPhone, iOS 7 and iTunes 11.1. iTunes Radio will be ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers at the cost of $25 a year while non-subscribers will have advertisements like “This is iTunes Radio” and limited amount of song skipping.
What’s more interesting from iTunes Radio is the feature of Custom Stations. You might not be interested in “Top Hits” or “Trending Station” and just want to listen to your favorites. Just search up a song, artist, album or even genre to begin broadcasting a station. And when you don’t like the song just tap the “Never Play This Song” button to remove the song from the station. You can also select “Play More Like This” to generate a station based on similar songs or artists. When you’re ready you can purchase a song directly from the “Now Playing” screen. iTunes Radio will be a great companion in the car for those long road trips when “iOS in the Car ” launches in 2014.
We love making music (some just noise) and we love listening to it. There’s a reason Apple targeted music lovers from one of their latest ads “Music Everyday” embedded below.
iTunes Radio will be available in the fall and will be U.S only at launch and can be accessed on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV and iTunes on Mac OS and Windows. This is radio-imagined.