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iTunes Radio already third most popular U.S. music streaming service

iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio may be the new kid on the block, but it has already ranked as the third most popular streaming service in the U.S. The runaway leader is still Pandora but behind that Apple's offering is only just behind iHeartRadio, while placing higher than the likes of Spotify, Google Play All Access and Rhapsody.

Aside from the U.S. Apple has only officially released iTunes Radio in Australia, so most of us are still waiting to give it a proper try. But there's no doubts that it has begun to capture imaginations, potentially even opening up music streaming to a market that may not have tried it before.

Did you find yourself moving primarily to iTunes Radio from another service? What made you try it, and ultimately decide to stick with it? Sound off in the comments below!

via: Fortune

Richard Devine

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cflores85 says:

I hope it comes to canada soon!

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Dev from tipb says:

Pandora is still my mainstay, but I have recreated most of my stations in iTunes Radio too. I like Pandora's recommendations better, but iTunes Radio has less dupes, so I fire up whichever one suits my mood better.

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vneda says:

When is Europe going to get iRadio?

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simonmaclean says:

Been using Spotify for a while, which I like. But as a committed Apple user would love to have their service in the UK. Whenever that may happen....

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alexislgz says:

I like iTunes Radio better than anything else, not just because its apple, but also because is built in the music app of my iphone and ipad and its just so easy to tap and play any station i want!!

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Vanti says:

I know exactly how you feel. It's great that it's built right into my phone, and I don't have to download another app or sign up for something it just all works. And if you take a look at how much data it uses it's great because it uses less data than the other apps.

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Ipheuria says:

I might try it but I know for sure I wont stick with it. Streaming is just not my thing I like to own my content but a free service is worth a try.

iDavey87 says:

The real big takeaway for me is that Google Music actually has 3%. Honestly, as a Google Music user I wasn't expecting it to even have that much. That is amazing.

But back on topic, I did try iTunes Radio. It's not a bad service. I did like it. Only thing is I'm more into the All Access/Spotify type streaming. Not the radio. I do like the more specific control of the radio on iTunes Radio however. If I used iOS as my main phone (I have an iPad and a Nexus 5) I would definitely use it on the daily when I just want to listen to some random music.

jkeitz says:

I've gone completely iTunes Radio (even deleted Pandora and Slacker). First, I use iTunes Match, so no commercials. Second, I like the integrated app. No separate iTunes Radio App, just right there with the rest of my music. Third, they play the best selection. Not only do I get better songs (for what I want) but I don't get spammed by lousy music in-between. My MyChemical Romance station at Pandora kept shoving Panic at the Disco at me, no matter how many times I told it I hated that artist. iTunes Radio only ever played Panic at the Disco to me once, then it got the hint! Finally, it rarely has buffering delays like Pandora and Slacker were often plagued with.

Oh, and no 40 hour per month limit like Pandora has on mobile apps.

Oh, and I can buy a great new song right there, no searching elsewhere. I can even add it to my wishlist.

Vanti says:

I didn't find myself moving to iTunes radio from another service, however once I did understand what it was and read a few articles on it, it began to be my main source of streaming music for free. Before that I didn't actually have anything. Now though I use iTunes radio and I can actually say that I've been exposed to new types of music because it. Or news songs rather..

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Vanti says:

Also what I think would be great is if they allowed us to make our own stations and pick the specific songs that we want to hear for free and just have them in the loop. And they could run the occasional 15 second ad in order to generate revenue but we get to hear all of the songs that we want to for say specific things like road trips.

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Eric Stallings says:

Google Play All Access is my #1. I even use it on my iPad Air. Streaming it to my Chromecast is icing on the cake.

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YourMobileGuru says:

Considering it comes built into iOS devices I would expect it to be popular. I still prefer Google Play All Access though since it works almost everywhere

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williamsbh76 says:

I use iTunes Radio every now and then but Slacker is still my go to. I have the $3.99/mo subscription so I can cache stations and save data. I was a SiriusXM user and Slacker is simply the closed thing I have found to it.

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