iTunes RadioEditor: Rene Ritchie
iTunes Radio is Apple's streaming music service. Launched with iOS 7 in the U.S., it is currently also available in Australia and more regions are expected to be come online over the next year. Although iTunes Radio is offered free with ads, anyone with a $25 a year iTunes Match subscription can also enjoy iTunes Radio advertising free.
With iTunes Radio you can tune in to many of the featured playlists Apple has to offer, which change regularly, or you can create your own custom playlists. Since iTunes Radio is backed by iTunes, one of the largest music databases in the world, music discovery isn't an issue. It may not be as robust and feature packed as on-demand streaming services such as Rdio and Spotify are, but it's one of the best when it comes to curation. People that prefer to buy music rather than rent it will no doubt find a place for iTunes Radio.
iTunes Radio is currently bundled into the Music app on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Rumor has it, however, that iTunes Radio will get its own, distinct app as part of the iOS 8 update expected to be announced at WWDC 2014 and launched later this fall.