At WWDC today, Apple has put an end to months of speculations by announcing iTunes Radio, a Pandora-like service that was dubbed as iRadio in rumors and reports. Apple claims iTunes Radio to be a free service (with ads) that features over 200 stations and a catalog of music from the iTunes Store.
iTunes Radio, when released this fall, will be built right into the redesigned Music app in iOS 7. It’s available on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, PC and Apple TV for free.
iTunes Radio features streaming radio stations you’ll love from day one — from the best selection of music. The more you listen, the more personalized it becomes. And it’s available on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV for free. It’s radio re-imagined.
iTunes Radios comes with more than 200 genre-focused stations. Your stations evolve based on the music you play and download. So iTunes Radio will provide you more personalized experience depending on how often you use it.
iTunes Radio makes to start a new station based on the song you’re currently hearing on iTunes Radio or one from your music library. Pick any artist, song, or genre, and iTunes Radio instantly builds a station around it. And while listening, you have the choice to Play more songs like this or Never Play This Song.
You can also tell Siri to to “Play more music like this,” “Play Jazz Radio”, ask her “Who plays that song?” or have her add songs to your Wish List to download later and so forth.
Other features include: Listening to exclusive songs, you can buy a song that’s currently playing or one in your History or Wish List.
iTunes Radio will be available to masses this Fall on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or Apple TV via desktop iTunes and mobile Music apps. iTunes Radio is a US only feature.
If you’re an iTunes Match subscriber that costs $24.99 a year, iTunes Radio will be completely ad-free for you. For the rest it will still be a free music streaming service but with ads.
To learn more about iTunes Radio, checkout Apple’s official iTunes Radio Page.