Apple Officially Ends Free iTunes Radio

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Apple was true to its word and has shut down the ad supported free iTunes Radio service. The iPhone and iPad maker warned listeners the service would be shutting down as of January 28th and 29th, and that's exactly what happened.

iTunes Radio lives on in Apple Music, but the free ad supported version is gone.iTunes Radio lives on in Apple Music, but the free ad supported version is gone.

The streaming Internet stations are still available, but now require an Apple Music subscription. Apple's only free streaming music option now is Beats 1 Radio.

Any stations you made prior to the demise of the ad supported iTunes Radio are still available through your Apple Music subscription, and you can continue to make more stations, too. Trying to make new radio stations, or listen to those you already made, shows the Apple Music signup option instead.

An Apple Music subscription costs US$9.99 a month, or $14.99 for a family, and Apple offers a free three month trial so you can try it out without committing to monthly payments.

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geoduck

The streaming Internet stations are still available, but now require an Apple Music subscription.

An Apple Music subscription costs US$9.99 a month, or $14.99 for a family,

No. Just no. Not going to spend $120/yr on what I can get from CBC Music or elsewhere, or over the air for free.

I will give Apple credit for one thing. In the ‘90s I listened to a lot of Talk Radio, NPR etc. In the very early 2000’s iTunes got me back into playing music in the car, at my desk, in the house and such. Now iTunes is awful to use and with them closing their free options I have turned away from Apple completely when it comes to music.

Way to manage a product Apple

RonMacGuy

Been on Apple Music for a few months now. Family is really liking it. iTunes gets some bad press but with Apple Music it is working fairly well. Considering how much is integrated into it (tens of millions of songs, music videos, interviews, etc.) it is handling it all in stride. My daughters love Taylor Swift, and so the exclusive concert video she released on Apple Music was one of the main reasons I got it. Girls did a quick search, a few clicks, and a several gig video downloaded onto their iphones with no issues at all. Instead of streaming it, they downloaded it and have watched parts of it many times, showed friends their favorite parts, and it’s all local so can watch over and over without having to stream. Excellent. Being able to search and play any songs that come to my mind when I want them is well worth the $16 a month. My wife and 3 daughters can listen to whatever they want, when they want to, and my mother (who is new to iPhone) can play the oldies that she likes. Six of us able to listen to and watch anything in the library for what used to cost me (back the 80’s and 90’s) for a single CD a month is UNBELIEVABLE!!

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