Apple's advert-supported iTunes Radio will go away on the finish of January
iTunes Radio was Apple’s first foray into streaming music, however a reasonably main change to the service is afoot — in the present day, the corporate has began sending emails to clients saying that iTunes Radio will not be a free, advert-supported service for iTunes customers. On the finish of January, you will solely have the ability to entry the service in the event you’re a paying Apple Music subscriber, and Beats 1 would be the solely free music choice for iTunes customers.
Apple confirmed the change with the next assertion given to Buzzfeed:
“We’re making Beats 1 the premier free broadcast from Apple and phasing out the advert-supported stations on the finish of January. Moreover, with an Apple Music membership, listeners can entry dozens of radio stations curated by our group of music specialists, masking a variety of genres, business-free with limitless skips. The free three-month trial of Apple Music consists of radio.”
For these that will not recall, iTunes Radio is an advert-supported streaming service that is just like Pandora. You can begin a station based mostly on an artist, music or style and Apple makes use of its algorithms to serve up comparable associated music. However you’ll be able to’t quick ahead or rewind and may solely skip six songs per hours. There are additionally advertisements that interrupt playback, until you have been a subscriber to the iTunes Match music locker service.
The iTunes Radio options have been rolled into Apple Music when it launched on the finish of June final yr, and you may nonetheless entry the advert-supported stations when you weren’t a paying Apple Music consumer. However now, you will both have to shell out for Apple Music or begin your free trial membership. It isn’t a really shocking transfer for Apple — the corporate did not launch Apple Music with a free tier like Spotify has, and that is helped the corporate keep some unique content material like Taylor Swift’s catalog. Ending the advert-supported iTunes Radio service additional reinforces that dedication to getting its customers to pay chilly exhausting money for music.
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