Apple shut down Free, Ad-Supported iTunes Radio

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iTunes Radio now with paid subscription

Apple‘s free ad supported iTunes Radio shut down last week. The Pandora-like online radio service will only be available for Apple Music paid subscribers. Subscriptions to Apple Music costs $9.99 per month. Apple removes free iTunes Radio service, forces users to subscribe to Apple Music.

Apple shut down Free, Ad-Supported iTunes Radio
Apple shut down Free, Ad-Supported iTunes Radio

An Apple spokesperson told BuzzFeed News, We are making Beats 1 the premier free broadcast from Apple and phasing out the ad-supported stations at the end of January,” “Additionally, with an Apple Music membership, listeners can access dozens of radio stations curated by our team of music experts, covering a range of genres, commercial-free with unlimited skips. The free three-month trial of Apple Music includes radio.”

Beats 1 is a truly global listening experience. It broadcasts 24/7 to over 100 countries from our studios in Los Angeles, New York, and London. No matter where you are or when you tune in, you’ll hear the same great programming as every other listener.

More with your Apple Music membership. If you’re a member of Apple Music, you can listen to curated on-demand stations or create your own custom stations. These stations don’t have ads, and you can skip an unlimited number of songs as you listen. You can also add songs that you like to your Apple Music library.

Now if you ever try to launch an iTunes Radio station on your Apple device or your computer, and you’ll now be prompted to subscribe to Apple Music.

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Launched in 2013, iTunes Radio had been a free, ad-supported way to listen to stations devoted to specific artists and genres. But as announced earlier this month, Apple has turned off the free tap as of Friday.

iTunes Radio launched in 2013 as a free service for iOS 7, Mac, Apple TV and Windows PCs. Like similar offerings from Pandora, Apple’s ad-supported free-to-stream product offered listeners pre-programmed music playlists with limited song skips.

 

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