iTunes Radio no longer free, requires Apple Music subscription

iTunes Radio no longer free, requires Apple Music subscription
One of the main reasons Apple was able to eventually make the deals with music publishers to create Apple Music was that Apple promised there would be no free version of the on-demand service, like there is on competitors like Spotify, so record companies could be assured a certain amount of revenue. For a while, Apple let that idea slide a bit (to get people hooked, as good companies do), but now iTunes Radio is no longer free.

iTunes Radio was the holdout, offering ad-supported streams to users, because the service had been in place since 2013. However, iTunes Radio no longer offers a "free", ad-supported version of the service, and if you want to still have access to those streams, you will have to pay the Apple Music subscription fee. Apple Music's Beats 1 will now be the only "premier free broadcast" offered, because that service is not on-demand. 

Of course, if you like having on-demand radio mixes, this doesn't mean you need to start paying for Apple Music. There are still plenty of options to get you what you want. Spotify and Pandora still offer on-demand radio mixes based on a song or artist that you're feeling at the moment. And, Google Play Music offers free on-demand radio not only based on a song or artist, but based on your mood or what you're doing. 

source: AppleInsider

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40 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It'll be back free, when very few buy a subscription. I know I'm not buying one. That's the reason I buy max storage, download a ton of music and make playlists.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I just cancelled my Apple Music subscription, before the three month free trial even ended. Nothing unique, and the Android app actually crashed several times. I'm like you, I like to buy the CD and rip. For everything else, Play Music is better because it includes YouTube Red.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly bro, I'm don't do the streaming thing. Store it on the device, and all you need is some juice. +1

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Agreed, nothing beats local storage

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

What if you have iTunes Match? ($25 a year sub) Before iTunes Match included ad-free iTunes Radio, what about now?

22. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

so you end up "buying" a crap load of music?

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I end up buying what I want.

32. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple can suck it!!! I really like iTunes Radio... But I'm not paying for All Access or Apple Music - not worth renting music. Pandora can celebrate - they're about to get mine and many more subscribers coming back.

2. Unordinary unregistered

Good. Pandora is better for that genre of streaming.

3. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Apple trying to squeeze the iSheep for more $$$ nothing new here.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man, you said iSheep. How did you come up with something so original?

5. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I'm amazed that we're in 2016 now and people still use the term 'iSheep' like honestly does it give them some false sense of pride or something?

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Probably does. It's the universal password of being a Fandroid.

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Using fandroid is no different.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Major difference. I don't run around starting trouble on every Apple related article, and I'm using it to define trouble making android fans vs non trouble making android users.

30. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You don't, but there are quite a few that do and use it in a derogatory sense.

33. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And since as you said below in post 27, you consider a fandroid to be a blind follower as well, then isn't using fandroid no different then using isheep? They both refer to blind fanatics and are used by both sides frequently to refer to all users of their respective platforms. Saying it's different and then saying each means the same thing is contradicting yourself. The only way to stop this kind of thing is to stop using those terms and not engage those who do. Not trying to start anything, just saying that if you want people to give you respect, you have to give it. Though I fear that this has been going on for so long here on PA that it's like trying to achieve peace in the Middle East, it'll probably never happen.

13. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You're a fan of android. Fandroid doesn't sound bad at all

31. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's how the term is used. I've seen plenty of Ape and MS users refer to Android fans with that term in a derogatory way. Just as DJ said in post 27, on PA it connotates a blind follower.

24. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Why is it any different then saying fandroid.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Here you go: iSheep = blind follower of iOS. Fandroid = blind follower of android. Both differ from the cool open minded users of those platforms, due to their affinity for starting trouble, only using one OS, and thinking inside the box of that OS. FANBOY 101.

7. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

It just shows how disrespectful and how loyal they are to their own favorite phone brand. I just don't get it, why do people fight over smartphone. I hate apples but I love mangos, does it mean someone else has to debate with me to make me think apples are better than mangos? It's just a freaking matter of taste, no human beings are the same, some dumb humans just don't understand this fact.

26. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Alright dude, from now on I will call them iGoats. Happy?

10. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Found this out yesterday when I went to listen to music. Luckily there are other competitors like Pandora, Slacker Radio, IHeartRadio, and more. I'll keep my money in my pocket and use it to buy CDs to rip and copy when I can find one that I want.

35. AlikMalix unregistered

Buying individual tracks is much cheaper. I'm not sure what CDs cost today, but from what I can remember you spend $7-$15 for 2 or 3 songs that you like on that cd. When each track cost about a buck - you get exact music you like and save a lot of money.

38. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That was the one good thing that came out of the Napster/p2p sharing deal, it forced the industry to let people buy what they wanted, rather than spending money for a bunch of crap they didn't want just to get a few things they did. I remember spending in some cases upwards of $20 for a CD just to get one song I wanted (they hardly ever did singles on CDs). Once computers became more commonplace I would buy the disc, rip it, and then sell it to recoup my costs as a bandaid measure, but once they opened the floodgates on ala carte music sales, it was so much easier. Although, I still see certain tracks labeled "only available on full album", but luckily they're in the minority.

14. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Only Apple users would be dumb enough to actually pay for Internet radio.

16. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

And you are dumb enough to generalize like that.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple users are also dumb enough to buy based on we want, need and what works for us. Apple users are also dumb enough to not be pressured into buying things, just cause android fanboys say they should. Apple users are even dumb enough to buy based on end user experience, and not just specs. After further thinking, Apple users aren't dumb at all. It his Apple user even said further, cause it has to do with more. ;)

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This.

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