Apple's been rumored to have a new streaming service in the works ever since their $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music, and now we've got just a few more details on what might replace iTunes Radio. One such detail the price, which is said to be currently debating around $7.99/month (higher than competitors such as Spotify or Pandora).
In time for the holidays, iTunes Radio is now hosting a few new stations filled with your favorite holiday music to bring you good tidings and cheer. You can listen to classic holiday tunes on the Holiday Classics station or rock out to Rockin' Holiday. The various stations cover a variety of musical tastes and genres, but all share in the spirit of the season.
AC/DC's new album is coming out next week, but you can listen to it now for free through iTunes. Rock or Bust, the fifteenth studio album from the group, can be streamed in its entirety through the iTunes Store and iTunes Radio.
The Music app that comes built into every iPhone and iPad is responsible not only for storing your music collection from iTunes, it also houses iTunes Match and lets you access iTunes Radio, both of which can eat tremendous amounts of data. And that's not counting any iTunes in the Cloud purchases you may make. If you aren't careful, the Music app can quickly eat through your carrier's data allowance. If this is an issue you've been running into, here are some ways you can curb how much data the Music app consumes!
Ian Rogers, who heads up the Beats Music subscription service, will reportedly now run iTunes Radio for Apple. Apple's acquisition of Beats is now complete, with Apple officially welcoming the Beats team to the company this morning. Rogers will apparently remain in charge of Beats Music as well, managing all of Apple's music streaming efforts, according to the Wall Street Journal:
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.