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Apple's iTunes Radio Streaming Music Service Launches in Australia

Apple has launched its iTunes Radio streaming music product in Australia, the first non-U.S. country to get the service after it was launched alongside iOS 7 in September. It was reported in October that Apple was looking to launch iTunes Radio in the U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in early 2014.

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Apple today announced iTunes Radio™ is now available to music fans in Australia. iTunes Radio is a free Internet radio service featuring over 100 stations and an incredible catalog of music from the iTunes Store, combined with features only iTunes can deliver. When you tune into iTunes Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or Apple TV, you’ll have access to stations inspired by the music you already listen to, Featured Stations curated by Apple and genre-focused stations that are personalized just for you. iTunes Radio evolves based on the music you play and download. The more you use iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more it knows what you like to listen to and the more personalized your experience becomes. iTunes Radio also gives you access to exclusive “First Play” premieres from top selling artists, plus the ability to tag or buy anything you hear with just one click.
Apple's Eddy Cue has said that launching iTunes Radio worldwide is a top priority for the company, with Apple ultimately aiming to have the service "in more than 100 countries."

iTunes Radio is ad-supported but iTunes Match subscribers (AU$34.99/year) get to use the service ad-free. The service is available on all iOS 7 products in the Music app.

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10 months ago
Lets hope the U.K., Canada and New Zealand follow shortly!
Rating: 12 Votes
10 months ago
Ugh, come on Canada!
Rating: 11 Votes
10 months ago
It's just Kylie Minogue, Men at Work, ACDC and Natalie imbruglia on repeat.
Rating: 11 Votes
10 months ago
So, the UK tomorrow right?





Right?
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago

For us members who haven't used it, will this make me dump my premium Spotify account at £9.99 a month, instead for an annual iTunes match subscription?


Not if you want to listen to whatever song you want on demand. iTunes radio is like Pandora, not Spotify. I use it now and then for discovery but I would never replace Spotify with it.
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago
Hopefully it comes to Canada soon. I completely forgot it would be ad free because of my match subscription but that kinda makes me want to try it out more.
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago
Why does Canada keep getting screwed over by these Corporations? A bunch of these other countries like USA, and Australia have Spotify, USA has Pandora also, and a bunch of other music streaming services. Canada only has Rdio and Xbox music...
Rating: 2 Votes
10 months ago

For what it's worth, I've seen iTunes Radio pop up on the Music app on my iPhone several times this week only to disappear seconds later. I'm guessing that Canada and perhaps other countries are imminent. Check back in the morning.


Yep I am in Australia and I saw the radio button pop up about a week ago.

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as a canadian i am truly shocked.


As an Australian I am truly pleased.
Rating: 2 Votes
10 months ago

The CRTC is most definitely holding this up for Canada. I mean, who else is going to make sure we meet our Bieber and Bryan Adams quotas? Seriously though, they demand that a certain percentage of content played on the radio is Canadian, I imagine they are trying to make Apple play by those rules too, which would probably be challenging at best.

I've noticed a lot of Australian music come up listening to iTunes Match today. So clearly they're basing the algorithm on local listening habits and could easily handle something like the one CRTC is asking for.

To be honest, iTunes Radio is a lot more like a real FM radio station than a typical online streaming service.

I love it. It's perfect for discovering new music to buy for my personal collection.
Rating: 2 Votes
10 months ago

Apple was only 1/4 of the way right. There isn't much time until we are 25% done 2014.



Well you could class any time before May as early 2014 really. So as long as the other 3 countries are up in the next 2 months, it's an accurate statement.
Rating: 1 Votes

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