Waiting for iTunes Radio in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia? You may be waiting until early 2014...

Waiting for iTunes Radio in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia? You may be waiting until early 2014...

When Apple announced iTunes Radio for iOS 7, it was as a US only service, at least at first. Unfortunately, that might not change until 2014 at the earliest, even for countries like Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia, which typically enjoy early Apple rollouts. From speaking with people in the music industry over the years, I've continually heard what an utter pain it is getting content licensing deals, especially outside the US, even for Apple. Andy Fixmer and Adam Satariano of Bloomberg point out that even though it may feel slow, it's still faster than many rival services have been able to grow their offerings:

Apple is moving faster than Pandora because it forged agreements for international rights with Vivendi SA (VIV)’s Universal Music Group and other record companies, said one of the people. Pandora, which hasn’t struck similar deals, relies on rights granted by government entities, limiting service to the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

So year, I want it now too, and I want a world where it doesn't have to be this time consuming or painful every period single period time period technology moves forward. But we don't live in that world. We live in the world of uphill content battles. Luckily, Apple's well armed.

If you're in the US, feel free to tell me what I'm missing out on with iTunes Radio. If you're outside the US, tell me - how interested are you in Apple's streaming music service?

Source: Bloomberg

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Rene Ritchie

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Waiting for iTunes Radio in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia? You may be waiting until early 2014...


I can't believe it's 2013 and still struggling with that. Anyway, I guess it's not for tomorrow that everyone is going to agree on these rights. We just have to suffer in silence and wait.

Of course I'd like to have iTunes Radio! Even though I've been trying Rdio, iTunes Radio is gonna be better integrated and have better content. And I'm already paying for iTunes Match; I won't need other services.

Rene you really need a U.S. iTunes account! It's a good service & it's free & as you're already an Itunes user it just works.

I guess we should think ourselves lucky iTunes Radio is coming to the UK at all. Ok we had Spotify first ;) and iTunes Match and Rdio eventually crawled their way across the waves, but it seems like Pandora's approach is never going to arrive. As ever, the companies that complain about pirating, make it as difficult as possible for people to get access to content.
I guess it's lucky Apple aren't trying to launch a iTunes Video Radio, imagine how impossible that would be.

Rene, you should use your US account if you have one, or open one up. I have used my US iTunes account, I'm in Canada, and LOVE using iTunes Radio. It is a great way to discover new music and makes it so easy to add to my music collection with just a click.

No great loss.
Options out there (even in The Great White North), not including TuneIn Radio and CBC Music - and with the added benefit of not yet another substandard Apple offering they'll eventually change their mind about, all the while giving them opportunities to extract more cash from our wallets and more info about us to pass on to the NSA and CSEC.