Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations

A few weeks out from Christmas, Apple has turned on nearly a dozen holiday-themed iTunes Radio stations that offer a variety of genres from sing-a-longs for kids to old seasonal classics.

The ten stations include: Children's Christmas Holiday Sing-Along, Country Holiday, Classical Holiday, Holiday Classics, Holiday Hits, Latin Holiday, Rockin' Holiday, Soulful Holiday, Swingin' Holiday and The Sounds of Christmas.

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Only a handful of the stations are readily available in the Featured Stations section on the front of the iTunes Radio tab, but all of them can be found with a quick search.

iTunes Match subscribers can listen to the stations ad-free, as per usual, but non-subscribers can expect occasional advertisements between songs.

The Christmas themed stations can be added to users' My Stations lists now, in iTunes on Mac and PC, and in the Music app on iOS. iTunes Radio remains available only in the United States and Australia, despite rumors of additional "early 2014" expansions.



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55 months ago

Can't you just create a US Apple ID to listen to iTunes Radio?


When my life is on the canadian iTunes, appletv's etc, its not super easy.

If I hand the remote to my wife and tell her if she wants to listen to iTunes radio, go, here, here and sign in with this username. And then if you want to listen to our stuff, go back and undo what you just did....results in a remote flying at my head.

This is apple, king of 'easy and streamlined', I should not have to jump through any hoops.
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55 months ago
the last thing anyone really needs to do is seek out Xmas music. is being inundated 24/7 everywhere by everybody not enough...?
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55 months ago
iTunes Radio in Canada. Now that would be quite a concept.
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55 months ago
Wow, what a messy interface...
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55 months ago
Canada?

Being 15 minutes from the US border and not getting this is getting a little stupid. iTunes Match asked me for renewal earlier this week....wondering if thats worth another year. Come on Apple!
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55 months ago
Wow, really wonder what the stations here in Europe play.

*hint hint nudge nudge*

Glassed Silver:mac
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55 months ago
Brilliant.... if only I lived in one of the TWO countries in the world where iTunes Radio was actually available...

Forget more stations, lets try for some more countries first please Apple.
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55 months ago

iTunes Radio in Canada. Now that would be quite a concept.


Eh, you don't want it. It's nothing too special. But Spotify was made available in Canada very recently (https://press.spotify.com/no/2014/09/30/spotify-is-live-in-canada/).
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55 months ago
I'm glad there's a classical Christmas music station. I'm not a fan of the modern versions.
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55 months ago
There was an article a while back that mentioned that Apple execs had no idea what Spotify was and thought iTunes radio would do the job to compete properly. So they spend 3 billion on beats to do what Spotify and Pandora have been doing for years.

Kind of crazy when you think about it.
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