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Apple to fold iTunes Radio into Apple Music on January 28th

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Apple to fold iTunes Radio into Apple Music on January 28th
Back in June 2013, Apple introduced iTunes Radio. The latter allows you to create your own radio stations and give thumbs up to songs you like in order to buy them. Since the service is supported by ads, Apple does not charge for it. Well, at it least it didn't until January 28th. That's when iTunes Radio will be folded into Apple Music, according to an email disseminated by Apple on Friday.

Once iTunes Radio is a part of Apple Music, you will have to subscribe to the latter to use it. Apple Music is $9.99 a month for individuals, or $14.99 monthly for a family with up to six people. Apple's iTunes Radio is only available in the U.S. and Australia. According to the Financial Times, in just six months Apple has signed up 10 million subscribers for Apple Music. Already, that is half the number of subscribers paying every month to use industry leader Spotify.

This doesn't mean that Apple doesn't have a free radio station for iOS users. Beats 1, Apple's 24/7 radio station, is free to listen to via the Apple Music app on iOS and Android. The station features popular DJs like  Zane Lowe in Los Angeles, Ebro Darden in New York, and Julie Adenuga in London. Starting on January 28th, all of Apple's radio stations outside of Beats 1 will only be available to Apple Music subscribers.

source: Reuters

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posted on 16 Jan 2016, 03:53 1

1. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 393; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


is it just me or do these large corporations start to build up their own news media?

Amazon bought the Washington Post
Apple created a news App
Google created a news App
Apple creates its own radio stations

I am really concerned that in the future people receive their daily news via these corporations so that they only see what these companies want them to see.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 04:06 1

2. KyleRiemen (Posts: 137; Member since: 29 Oct 2014)

Media is already controlled, it does not matter anyway. But the news-apps only sum up the news from different sources, i don't see a big problem in that. There have been always tons of radio stations, now there is one more, so?

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 05:37 1

3. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 393; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)

But this is how it starts.

First the apps only sum up things then as the second step, the companies apply filters to the apps or implement mechanisms that lower the probability that certain news will be presented to the user.

Concerning radio stations:
Apple could strike more deals for exclusivity with certain artists. This would make people listen to Apple Radio and potential Apple propaganda.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 05:55

4. vincelongman (Posts: 5042; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

That's more or less already happening unfortunately
The every media source has their own bias

BTW which news app did Google release recently?
I know there's News & Weather, but that's been around for a few years
And there's Play Newsstand, but that's also been around for a few years

Apple already have various exclusivity deals
Taylor Swift's 1989 album and Pharrell's Freedom single

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 09:53

6. sinfulta (Posts: 278; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

iTunes Internet Radio (from the computer only) came out in 2008. You were able to stream radio from iTunes. There was a slightly different earlier version of it before then but was really really limited.

Seems like now since ios7 they called it iTunes Radio and merged that feature into the phone. Now since they bought beats they want to merge it there to have a more reason to pay for subscriptions. It's a business model. It sucks, but I get it for people who wanted a free option.

Nothing stopping anyone from using other free services if they don't have Apple Music though.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 08:41

5. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14041; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

I knew this was coming. When they first mentioned Apple Music, I stated why would people pay for it when Apple Radio was basically the same thing.

Now you will have to pay.

Oh well, guess I may as well remove iTunes because that is really all I needed it for.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 12:57

7. ameran (Posts: 320; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

I can't wait to see Apple down on the ground.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 14:05

8. jeroome86 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

My station is on iheart which works for me.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 15:45

9. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14041; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

You should not have to pay for free radio just because it's being streamed. I would never pay for what I can just turn on my home or car stereo and play too.

There is no way you're going to listen to all the content available, I rather pay what I want to listen too regularly.

Apple Radio has been free and now they want to charge.

Apple your services won't be any good if you keep doing this. You're going to drive people away.

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