Apple's iTunes Radio brings ads to the Apple iPhone lock screen for the first time
posted by Alan F. / Jun 11, 2013, 10:50 AM
The ad is actually for iTunes itself. When you are listening to the soothing tunes coming from your iPhone, you can lock the screen and let the music play. When the phone wakes, it will show cover art of the album from which the track you're listening to belongs. On the bottom of the cover art is a link that enables you to purchase the song you're hearing from iTunes. This link only appears if you're not a subscriber to the $24.99 Apple iTunes Match service. Subscribers to the service will see only the cover art.
Those iTunes Match subscribers looking to buy a particular tune can do so by opening up the music application on the phone. That will reveal a link on the right hand side to iTunes along with the price to download the song. This could change once iOS 7 gets out of beta, but for now the Apple iPhone has its first lock screen ad.
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Loving Google's Play Music All Access! You can keep your Pandora.
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 10:54 AM 8
I'll stick with more superior Spotify.
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 12:50 PM 0
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Not sure how superior Spotify truly is. Google Play is $2 cheaper per month, has a much nicer interface, all of the music I've seen on Spotify, and a web interface rather than an install (which barely runs on Linux, by the way).
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 1:29 PM 4
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Well at least it's not an irrelevant ad. I can live with an ad that asks if I want to purchase what I'm listening to. Also it doesn't look like an in-your-face-ad that you have to dismiss before you can do anything else.
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 10:56 AM 4
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In my opinion its not really an ad, its a link to the track on iTunes. Also you could argue that in fact the ad could be somewhat helpful for people who decide they want to buy the music they are streaming. I think its like their Show Complete Album feature on their music player.
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 11:28 PM 1
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I have many free apps on my Android.. but I really cannot stand when Ads are 1. On the Notification Bar. 2. Full screen interrupting frequently 3. Lock Screen ads On rarely occasions I can pass a full screen ad or those ad that open the browser after the app is closed... Only when I really need the app or when the app itself is brilliant... And many times I will just pay for it if its good enough
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 10:56 AM 5
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If you're on Android 4.1 or later, tap and hold on the notification and uncheck "show notifications"
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 12:01 PM 3
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I avoid apps that put ads in the notification bar. When I get a full screen ad, I hit the back button until I return to the app I was in. Never have had lock screen ads. And to keep the browser from opening up, don't tap on the ad.
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 1:17 PM 0
Quit overreacting. It's just a link to buy the song if you like it. It's not even an ad.
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 12:51 PM 1
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Clicked on the link out of curiosity to see if Apple really has gone down that route and don't get the big deal over this. So you can buy what you are streaming, shouldn't they all do that? In comparison, free Pandora is the epitome of adds done wrong, now that I have Google streaming service I'll be deleting Pandora without hesitation.
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 6:44 PM 0
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