Sarah Guarino. It is a free service with some occasional ads. So far the ads have been about advertising cars and iTunes Festival. If you do not want any ads, you can pay twenty-five dollars a year for iTunes Match …. To get into iTunes Radio, open up the Music App, which got a makeover and is now salmon-colored with a white sixteenth note in the middle of it, as opposed to it being orange with a brown sixteenth note in iOS 5 and iOS 6. When you open up music, select Radio down at the bottom in the left hand side. When it is selected, it will turn a salmon color. Up at the top, Apple put what they consider to be the Featured Stations. You can swipe right to left to see them all.
Pandora currently has more than 70 million active monthly users, and Apple wants to eat them. Featured Stations Featured stations — your quickest ticket to music on iTunes Radio — take several different forms. Even these vary somewhat: Leto provides overworked commentary alongside his set, for instance, while Diplo does not. The Featured Stations area combines algorithms, human curation and corporate sponsorship into a creamy, homogenized milkshake of content. Would you like a Frosty with that? Each station is outfitted with a slider that moves between Hits, Variety and Discovery. One part of what makes iTunes Radio potentially lucrative for Apple is its tight integration with the iTunes Store.
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With the release of iOS 8. Apple had announced plans to offer the service in other countries. On January 15, , Apple announced that effective January 28, , iTunes Radio stations, barring Beats 1, will only be accessible by Apple Music subscribers. Users were able to skip tracks, customize stations, and purchase the station's songs from the iTunes Store. The number of track skips was limited like Pandora Radio 's service.
As of Friday, you will need to shell out for an Apple Music subscription if you want to listen to your favorite stations. Try to launch an iTunes Radio station on your Apple device or your computer, and you'll now be prompted to subscribe to Apple Music. Launched in , iTunes Radio had been a free, ad-supported way to listen to stations devoted to specific artists and genres. But as announced earlier this month, Apple has turned off the free tap as of Friday. There seem to be a few exceptions. With live broadcasts of music picked by DJs, the Beats 1 station is still accessible. But all the other music stations I tried were unavailable unless I popped for an Apple Music subscription. A subscription is free for 90 days.