iTunes Radio running on an iPhone
|Opened||September 18, 2013|
|Pricing model||Free (ad-supported)
iTunes Match (ad-free)
|Platforms||iOS 7+, OS X 10.7+, Windows, Apple TV|
|Availability||United States, Australia|
|Features||Track skipping, station customization, Siri integration|
iTunes Radio is an Internet radio service by Apple Inc. Announced at the 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 10, 2013, the service launched on September 18, 2013, the same day as iOS 7. It is available across devices, including being integrated into the Music app on portable iOS devices and Apple TV (2nd generation and newer) as well as iTunes on OS X (10.7 Lion or newer) and Windows. iTunes Radio is currently only available in the United States and Australia.
iTunes Radio is a free, ad-supported service available to all iTunes users, featuring Siri integration on iOS. Users are able to skip tracks, customize stations, and purchase the station's songs from the iTunes Store. Users can also search through their history of previous songs. The number of track skips is limited like Pandora Radio's service. iTunes Match subscribers will be able to use an ad-free version of the service. The service has pre-loaded stations, including a playlist of trending songs on Twitter. The service also generates a radio station based on input like a single artist with songs by them and others similar. The service's selection is expected to learn the user's preferences from input whether the user likes or dislikes the track.
Currently, iTunes Radio is only available in the United States and Australia. Apple has announced plans to offer the service in other countries at a later date. The service will only be available for iTunes, iOS, and Apple TV platforms.
In October 2013, Bloomberg reported that Apple plans to expand the service to the UK, Canada and New Zealand by early 2014. A spokesman declined to comment.
Apple announced the Internet radio service at its June 10, 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote speech. The service launched in the United States on September 18, 2013, the same day as the release of iOS 7, and in Australia on February 11, 2014. Reports of a streaming music service from Apple circulated for weeks before the announcement.
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