iTunes Radio

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iTunes Radio
ITunes Radio Logo.svg
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iTunes Radio running on an iPhone
Opened September 18, 2013 (2013-09-18)[1]
Pricing model Free (ad-supported)
iTunes Match (ad-free)
Platforms iOS 7+, OS X 10.7+, Windows, Apple TV
Streaming Radio
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.[1] 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; it requires Mac OS 10.7.5 or newer to run) and Windows.[2] iTunes Radio is currently only available in the United States and Australia.[3]


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.[2] Users can also search through their history of previous songs.[4] The number of track skips is limited like Pandora Radio's service.[4] iTunes Match subscribers will be able to use an ad-free version of the service.[5] The service has pre-loaded stations, including a playlist of trending songs on Twitter.[4] The service also generates a radio station based on input like a single artist with songs by them and others similar.[4] The service's selection is expected to learn the user's preferences from input whether the user likes or dislikes the track.[4]

As of January 2015, 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.[6][7] The service will only be available for iTunes, iOS, and Apple TV platforms.[4] 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.[8]


Apple announced the Internet radio service at its June 10, 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote speech.[9] The service launched in the United States on September 18, 2013,[1] the same day as the release of iOS 7,[9] and in Australia on February 11, 2014.[3] Reports of a streaming music service from Apple circulated for weeks before the announcement.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Steele, Billy (2013-09-10). "iTunes Radio launches September 18th alongside the release of iOS 7". Engadget. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Apple WWDC 2013: everything you need to know". The Verge. Vox Media. June 10, 2013. Archived from the original on June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Apple makes Australia the second country to get iTunes Radio". The Australian. February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Baldwin, Roberto (June 10, 2013). "Apple Dials in iTunes Radio, a New Streaming Music Service". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ Pepitone, Julianne (June 10, 2013). "Apple unveils iOS 7 in biggest update ever". Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Apple - iTunes Radio - Hear where your music takes you.". Apple Inc. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Etherington, Darrell; Dillet, Romain (June 10, 2013). "Apple Unveils iTunes Radio, A Streaming Music Service With The Full Power Of The iTunes Library". TechCrunch. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ Andy Fixmer, “Apple Said to Expand ITunes Radio to U.K. Before Pandora", ‘’Bloomberg Technology ‘’, October 8, 2013
  9. ^ a b Hamburger, Ellis (June 10, 2013). "Apple announces iTunes Radio, a streaming music service to compete with Pandora". The Verge. Vox Media. Archived from the original on June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 

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