iTunes Radio announced this week that’s it’s advertising revenue supported internet radio service would no longer be available as of the end of January 2016. The service was originally launched in 2013 and was available initially only in Australia and the United States. According to reports the news was announced to services subscribers by email, the content of which can be read below.
As a listener of ad-supported radio on Apple Music, we want you to know that it’s being discontinued on 29 January. Beats 1 will now be the premiere free broadcast so you’ll continue to get all the best music and culture there with world-class DHs like Zane Lowe and specialty programming from artists like Dr. Dre, Drake, Pharrel Williams and more. Additionally , with an Apple Music membership you can access dozens of radio stations like Charting Now, Pop Hits and all the genres you love – handcrafted by our team of music experts, commercial-free with unlimited skips. Or you can create your own stations based on your favorite artists. Start your Apple Music membership now and enjoy unlimited access to everything radio offers along with the entire Apple Music Catalogue.
iTunes Radio, Apple’s Pandora-style internet radio service, is therefore now only be available through the $10 per month paywall built around Apple Music. A move related to Apple’s recent and ongoing exit from the advertising business in favor of subscription services. Regarldess it’s worth noting that iTunes Radio streams music in the more traditional sense with little or no control over the music being played. While Apple Music is true on-demand music streaming service.