iTunes Radio is now a part of Apple Music, requiring an active subscription priced at $9.99 a month for individuals, and $14.99 a month for families. The transition means Beats 1 radio is now the only music streaming service available from Apple for free.
It has been recently announced that Apple’s ad-supported radio will no longer be free of charge starting January 29, 2016, which is only about two weeks away.
Apple used WWDC 2015 to introduce Apple Music, a new music streaming service that was built upon the foundation of Beats Music, which Apple acquired in 2014 for $3 billion. The service is much different from what Apple has offered in past, incorporating a streaming music service, a 24-hour radio station and an artist-driven social network. How does this new music service mesh with Apple’s other offerings such as iTunes Radio and iTunes Match? Read on to find out more about the new Apple Music.
It’s that time of the year where companies start offering up a bit more on their end for consumers. Verizon is no different, as they’ve launched something for iTunes Radio users.
Apple’s $3 billion Beats acquisition formally closed today, and the company welcomed Beats with a note on its website as well as an internal memo. A report from the WSJ adds that following the acquisition, Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers will oversee iTunes Radio.
Apple has quietly expanded the offerings of iTunes Radio, bringing a brand-new ESPN station and more than 40 NPR stations, as first noted by 9to5Mac. You can access the stations in the iOS app and within iTunes with a quick search, and some users are reporting that the stations are showing up on the Featured page.
According to The Information, Apple is planning to add local content, including advertisements and broadcast radio stations, to iTunes Radio in the coming months. This move should help Apple compete with industry leader Pandora, which has sales teams recruiting local advertisers in 35 markets across the US.
Apple’s streaming music service iTunes Radio includes First Play, a feature that provides exclusive premieres from top-selling artists including The Black Keys, Eminem and more. Today, the company kicked off another promotion that makes Coldplay’s upcoming album Ghost Stories available for free before its official debut later this month.
Apple’s iTunes Radio saw an uptick in adoption shortly after launch, but the service has failed to garner significant interest among consumers who listen for a short time, but don’t buy the music they hear. As a result, Apple may overhaul its iTunes music store for the first time in more than decade, claims a report in Billboard.
While iTunes Radio was originally introduced as a music streaming service, Apple has added a new NPR channel to the service that’ll stream news all throughout the day.