iTunes Radio UK Launch Early In 2014 ?
iTunes Radio looks set to land in the UK early in 2014.
Millions of iPhone and iPad owners in the UK have now installed iOS 7 onto their Apple devices. However, Apple's iTunes Radio music streaming service - one of the major new features introduced by the operating system - is currently unavailable in the UK.
Owners in the UK can't yet download iTunes Radio because Apple need to re-negotiate music rights for each individual International country. That's a complicated and time-consuming process, with the record labels keen to eke out every last penny from the deals.
People with 'knowledge of the situation' have now told reporters at Bloomberg that iTunes Radio will launch in the UK and Canada early in 2014. Behind the scenes Apple are thought to be working frantically to roll-out iTunes Radio Internationally as soon as possible , in order to beat their biggest rival Pandora to market.
Apple iTunes Radio is a free streaming music service that is built around the idea of radio stations. There are over 200 'genre focused' stations available, and more excitingly the service can generate personalised radio stations based on what you like - the more you listen the more it learns.
The service is funded by adverts , although users can also choose to remove adverts by buying an iTunes Match subscription.
In the US a subscription to iTunes Match costs $24.99 a year and is currently priced at £21.99 in the UK. Not only will youi get ad-free iTunes Radio access, but you'll also be able to store music tracks from your CD's on Apple's iCloud service enabling you to access your library wherever you are !
By Simon Thomas on 08th October, 2013