iTunes Radio getting its first news channel from NPR

iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio launched with iOS 7 as Apple's first music streaming service, but it's now set to go beyond that with its first news channel from NPR. According to Peter Kafka from re/code, the new channel should be going live today.

NPR’s channel, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a day, which mixes live news with segments from pre-recorded shows like “All Things Considered” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” NPR officials say that within weeks, some of the broadcaster’s local stations should begin offering their own channels, with a similar mix of live and taped news.

Beyond NPR, the report also goes on to say that this is just the beginning and that more news channels will become part of iTunes Radio in the future. It's unclear what kind of revenue model may be involved on both parts, but it looks as though the iTunes Radio we know is already beginning to evolve.

So, actual radio sound good to you?

Source: re/code

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iTunes Radio getting its first news channel from NPR

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Someone from Apple told business news network in Canada that iTunes radio should have been available in Canada 3-weeks ago

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NPR... National Propaganda Radio... I'll stick with iHeart Radio and their plethora of news/talk. Thanks anyway NPR...

until apple releases something as flexible as xbox music (which i can play through my mac safari browser) and realises its an excellent cash cow, and has a larger free library than spotify, but unfortunately can't be played on iPhone without a subscription, then no i won't be using iTunes radio

I heard that it was to get released two weeks ago but I could be wrong. I want to know also when iTunes Radio will be released in Canada?

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and I'll stick with Slacker and their various news channels, mostly focused on ABC News... (here in the US anyway)

So excited for this! Hopefully we can see BBC being added soon. Better yet, just do away with the Podcasts app and umbrella it with iTunes Radio. I'm so nerding out right now haha

Mixed feelings here. NPR has traditionally been very anti-Apple and very pro Microsoft. but, I do enjoy NPR generally speaking.

NPR has an app in the AppStore with live-listening. And so does WTOP if they come up in the news for this. I also believe that with these channels, they iTunes Radio may become its own separate app and that is what Apple has intended all along.