Sometimes when we want to listen to music, we don't always want to listen to a specific artist or album. Instead, we'd rather get a good mix that caters to the mood we are currently in. You can easily ask Siri to play a specific genre for you with the help of iTunes Radio.
iTunes Radio users will be able to stream World Cup games when things get rolling in just a few days. Apple is introducing a new ESPN Radio station that will include not only live World Cup action, but also ESPN standards like Sportscenter All Night and Mike & Mike. This also marks the first time a live sporting event will be cast through the iTunes Radio service.
Come iOS 8, you might soon be able to ask your iPhone what song is playing and get an answer. Apple is reportedly prepping an update to Siri that will enable music identification. Instead of rolling their own music ID software and library, however, Apple is doing as they've done with many Siri features and partnering with an existing force in the space — in this case, music ID powerhouse Shazam.
There are two places in the world — the movie and record industries — where it's apparently permissible to be stunned that people will stop paying for something when they can get it for free. That's where the record industry is today, reportedly disappointed by the lack of revenue coming their way after the launch of iTunes Radio. The report comes courtesy of Billboard.
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.
iTunes Radio is a great way to discover new music. So what if you stumble across a song you like so much you want to own it and keep it forever? Easy. With just a few taps you can buy it instantly from iTunes!
Apple is reportedly already looking at improving iTunes Radio for iOS 8, including breaking it out into a standalone app. While currently iTunes Radio resides within the iOS 7 music app, sources have indicated to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac why this might be set to change in the future:
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.
iTunes users who've dabbled in Android might be familiar with DoubleTwist, which has now brought its latest creation, AirPlay Recorder, to the Mac. Simply put, this app will take your iTunes Radio stream, record it, and leave it for you to listen back to time and time again.