Apple on Monday announced iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service featuring over 200 stations and an incredible catalog of music from the iTunes Store, combined with features only iTunes can deliver. The radio service will work on all products made by Apple and will include provide featured stations curated by Apple and genre-focused stations that are personalized just for a particular music.
“iTunes Radio is an incredible way to listen to personalized radio stations which have been created just for you. It is the music you love most and the music you’re going to love, and you can easily buy it from the iTunes Store with just one click,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services.
Apple iTunes Radio will work on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or Apple TV. The iTunes Radio evolves based on the music one playbacks and downloads. The more a customer uses iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more it knows what he or she likes to listen to and the more personalized the experience becomes. iTunes Radio also gives access to exclusive “first listen” premieres from top selling artists, Siri integration, plus the ability to tag or buy anything heard with just one click.
iTunes Radio offers music fans access to thousands of new songs every week, as well as serving up exclusive music from new and popular artists before you hear them anywhere else. Whether it’s an exclusive single from an up-and-coming band or a pre-release stream of an entire album, iTunes Radio has it all. iTunes Radio will also be home to special events including live streams direct from the iTunes Festival in London and other exclusive iTunes Sessions.
Coming this fall, iTunes Radio will offer an incredibly personalized experience on day one based on your listening history and past purchases from iTunes. In addition, if one is listening to a favourite song from iTunes Radio or his/here music library he/she will be able to have a station built around those. Search for artists, songs, or genres, and iTunes Radio will instantly build a station around your choice.
iTunes Radio is ad-supported and free for everyone. iTunes Match users get iTunes Radio ad-free, so instead of hearing the occasional ad on iTunes Radio, iTunes Match makes listening completely ad-free. iTunes Match costs $24.99 for a year.