ITunes Radio

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iTunes RadioITunes Radio_table_caption_0
DeveloperITunes Radio_header_cell_0_0_0 Apple Inc.ITunes Radio_cell_0_0_1
Launch dateITunes Radio_header_cell_0_1_0 September 18, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-09-18)ITunes Radio_cell_0_1_1
DiscontinuedITunes Radio_header_cell_0_2_0 January 28, 2016 (2016-01-28)ITunes Radio_cell_0_2_1
Platform(s)ITunes Radio_header_cell_0_3_0 iOS 7iOS 9, OS X 10.7—10.11, Windows, Apple TV
RadioITunes Radio_cell_0_3_1
Pricing modelITunes Radio_header_cell_0_4_0 Free (ad-supported)

iTunes Match (ad-free)ITunes Radio_cell_0_4_1

AvailabilityITunes Radio_header_cell_0_5_0 United States, Australia (Discontinued, all functions of iTunes Radio is now integrated and is part of the Apple Music subscription service.)ITunes Radio_cell_0_5_1
WebsiteITunes Radio_header_cell_0_6_0 at the Wayback Machine (archived June 8, 2015)ITunes Radio_cell_0_6_1

iTunes Radio was an Internet radio service by Apple Inc. that let users listen to automatically generated playlists based on direct input as well as collected data on music preferences. ITunes Radio_sentence_0

It was launched on September 18, 2013, as part of iOS 7 and was available in the Music app on iOS devices and Apple TV (2nd generation and newer) as well as in iTunes 11.1 on OS X (10.7 Lion; it requires Mac OS 10.7.5 or newer to run) and Windows. ITunes Radio_sentence_1

It was only available in the United States and Australia. ITunes Radio_sentence_2

With the release of iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2, nearly all functions of iTunes Radio have become part of Apple's music streaming service Apple Music and was henceforth called just Radio or Apple Music Radio. ITunes Radio_sentence_3

On January 15, 2016, Apple announced that effective January 28, 2016, iTunes Radio stations, barring Beats 1, will only be accessible by Apple Music subscribers. ITunes Radio_sentence_4

On January 29, 2016, the iTunes Radio channel was automatically removed from all Apple TV devices (3rd Generation and earlier). ITunes Radio_sentence_5

History ITunes Radio_section_0

Apple announced the Internet radio service at its June 10, 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote speech. ITunes Radio_sentence_6

The service launched in the United States on September 18, 2013, the same day as the release of iOS 7, and in Australia on February 11, 2014. ITunes Radio_sentence_7

Reports of a streaming music service from Apple circulated for weeks before the announcement. ITunes Radio_sentence_8

As of January 2015, iTunes Radio was only available in the United States and Australia. ITunes Radio_sentence_9

Apple had announced plans to offer the service in other countries. ITunes Radio_sentence_10

In October 2013, Bloomberg reported that Apple had plans to expand the service to the UK, Canada, and New Zealand by early 2014. ITunes Radio_sentence_11

With the release of Apple Music, most functions of iTunes Radio had become available in 100 countries, although iTunes Radio itself remained limited to the United States and Australia as a free service. ITunes Radio_sentence_12

On January 15, 2016, Apple announced that effective January 28, 2016, iTunes Radio stations, barring Beats 1, will only be accessible by Apple Music subscribers. ITunes Radio_sentence_13

On January 29, 2016, the iTunes Radio channel was automatically removed from Apple TV devices (3rd Generation and earlier). ITunes Radio_sentence_14

Service ITunes Radio_section_1

iTunes Radio was a free, ad-supported service available to all iTunes users, featuring Siri integration on iOS. ITunes Radio_sentence_15

Users were able to skip tracks, customize stations, and purchase the station's songs from the iTunes Store. ITunes Radio_sentence_16

Users could also search through their history of previous songs. ITunes Radio_sentence_17

The number of track skips was limited like Pandora Radio's service. ITunes Radio_sentence_18

iTunes Match subscribers could be able to use an ad-free version of the service. ITunes Radio_sentence_19

The service has pre-loaded stations, including a playlist of trending songs on Twitter. ITunes Radio_sentence_20

The service also generated a radio station based on input like a single artist with songs by them and others similar. ITunes Radio_sentence_21

The service's selection was expected to learn the user's preferences from input whether the user likes or dislikes the track. ITunes Radio_sentence_22

Apple Music integration ITunes Radio_section_2

Main article: Apple Music ITunes Radio_sentence_23

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was previously opposed to the idea of music subscription services. ITunes Radio_sentence_24

Through its purchase of audio equipment maker Beats Electronics in 2014, Apple gained ownership of its own service Beats Music. ITunes Radio_sentence_25

With Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers also becoming responsible for the ad-supported iTunes Radio service, Business Insider later reported that Apple was planning to merge the two services. ITunes Radio_sentence_26

Apple also hired noted British radio DJ Zane Lowe to serve as a music curator. ITunes Radio_sentence_27

After a period of rumors and anticipation, Apple Music was announced at Apple's June 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference with plans for launch later that month. ITunes Radio_sentence_28

The "one more thing" reveal had been confirmed by Sony Music CEO Doug Morris and The Wall Street Journal reports prior to the announcement. ITunes Radio_sentence_29

Morris added that he expected the service to restore the music industry's prior state of financial prosperity. ITunes Radio_sentence_30

He said that Apple Music's ad-supported streams would have a halo effect on the market where Spotify was unable to profit. ITunes Radio_sentence_31

Hip hop artist Drake appeared onstage at the announcement event to elaborate on how he used the Connect platform. ITunes Radio_sentence_32

Apple also emphasized how unsigned artists could participate in Connect. ITunes Radio_sentence_33

Apple Music launched on June 30, 2015, in 100 countries. ITunes Radio_sentence_34

New users received a three-month trial subscription, which reverts to a monthly fee. ITunes Radio_sentence_35

A family plan allows six users to share a subscription at a reduced rate. ITunes Radio_sentence_36

Apple originally sought to enter the market at a lower price point for the service, but the music industry rejected the plan. ITunes Radio_sentence_37

The service debuts as an iOS device exclusive alongside the same-day iOS 8.4 update. ITunes Radio_sentence_38

Apple TV and Android device support is planned for a Q3 2015 launch. ITunes Radio_sentence_39

A previously unreleased song by Pharrell Williams entitled "Freedom" was used in promotional material and has been announced as an exclusive release on the launch of the service. ITunes Radio_sentence_40

The "History of Sound" advert for the launch of the Apple Music service was soundtracked by the tune "There Is No Light" by Wildbirds & Peacedrums, from their 2009 album The Snake. ITunes Radio_sentence_41

Upon its launch, Beats Music subscriptions and playlists were migrated to Apple Music, and the service was discontinued. ITunes Radio_sentence_42

Apple Music had 10 million paying subscribers just six months after launching, and as of April 2018 has over 40 million subscribers. ITunes Radio_sentence_43

See also ITunes Radio_section_3

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  • Apple Music Radio - successor to iTunes Radio, adds support for live streaming stations and increases country availabilityITunes Radio_item_0_0
  • Pandora RadioITunes Radio_item_0_1

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Radio.