Apple has announced that its free ad-supported iTunes Radio service will be closing down. A notice sent out to customers of the service is telling them that the free-of-charge service will be discontinued by the end of January.
Apple's iTunes Radio hasn't really taken off since launching alongside iOS 7, and given the Mac maker's position among the pioneers of the digital music revolution, it's a pretty sorry state of affairs. Still, this week and weekend is all about Thanksgiving (read: free stuff), and courtesy of Verizon, interested parties can score themselves access to iTunes Radio without the usually featured ads. Moreover, there's also $5 of iTunes Store credit to be snapped up for a limited time only, and if you want to join in this bonanza, check out the details after the fold.
iTunes Radio, which launched alongside iOS 7 late last year, touts itself as a great service for music lovers to explore and discover new artists. However, unlike standard iTunes music tracks, users don't have the freedom of being able to move songs across different devices, for listening to at any time, anywhere. However, thanks to a little app called AirPlay Recorder, users can record the streaming audio for offline enjoyment, and for a one-off price of $9.99, you can create your very own, finely-tuned, all-weathers iTunes Radio.
iTunes Radio, which has hitherto been a U.S.-only affair, has just launched Down Under, the first of several key areas to be introduced to the streaming service during the opening months of this calendar year.
Apple today has dropped two versions of iTunes, one is the final public version of iTunes 11.0.5, and the second is iTunes 11.1 beta 2 which is a dev-only seed. Check out the full change log after the jump.
Apple seems to be busily getting its developer releases out there today after the security breach which resulted in the entire system being dragged offline. Along with the news that iOS 7 beta 4 is finally making its appearance today, iTunes 11.1 has also been released to those registered to Apple's Developer Program. The updated iTunes 11.1 beta 1 is quite limited at this point, given that it only works on the fruit company’s very on OS X, but does include iTunes Radio integration for those living in the United States. More details can be found right after the jump.
For the longest time, many users have been hoping for a music streaming service under Apple’s iTunes umbrella. After years of rumors and speculation, the Cupertino company has finally granted our wishes and launched iTunes Radio, a new music streaming service. We’ve got more details right after the break.