The service will be apart of iOS7
Apple has finally unveiled iTunes Radio, it’s free online streaming music service. After years of negotiations with all of the major record labels, Universal, Warner and Sony have all signed on to the new streaming service. The announcement was made in the midst of the Apple’s annual WWDC conference in San Francisco on Monday.
iTunes Radio will be built into the new iOS 7 software that was also unveiled during WWDC. It will be available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, iTunes on Mac and PC and Apple TV. The streaming service will be free, but ad-free with iTunes Match.
Apple states that iTunes Radio is the “best music player we’ve ever done.”
Apple is competing in an already flooded market of music streaming services. Rhapsody, Spotify and Pandora have all gained millions of subscribers in the last few years while newbies Google, All Access and Clear Channel Communications’ iHeartRadio have gained traction recently. Apple’s biggest competitor is said to be Pandora which has over 70 million subscribers, but is only available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand as iTunes Radio will launch in the U.S. and then debut in the rest of the world at a later date.
The service is expected to roll out sometime this summer, but iOS 7 for iPhone is available for beta immediately. iPad will be next, but no official date was announced.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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