Listening to unlimited music within the confines of the law is now possible thanks to the advent of music streaming services, but deciding which service to use is becomingly increasingly complicated. Writing for Time, FindTheBest declares that there are currently 102 individual streaming services on the market that allow users to stream music for as long as they want — some for free, others for a low monthly fee. More →
For the time being, Apple’s iTunes Radio product is something of an also-ran. It’s a nice value-add for iOS device owners, allowing them to stream Pandora-like Radio stations for free, but it doesn’t really offer any compelling features compared to bigger rival services. According to a new report, however, that may soon change. More →
It hasn’t taken very long for Apple’s iTunes Radio to rise up in popularity. Via MacRumors, a new survey of American consumers conducted by Edison Research and Statista has found that iTunes Radio is now the third-most popular music streaming service and has leapt ahead of Spotify. Overall, the survey found that 8% of people surveyed said that they’d listened to iTunes Radio within the last month, more than the 6% who said that they’d listened to Spotify and the 3% who said they’d listened to Google Play All Access. More →
iTunes Radio hasn’t yet overtaken the dominant music streaming services on the market, but there’s no denying that Apple’s entry has attracted a large number of users since launch. If you’re one of those users, doubleTwist’s freshly updated app can help you get even more out of your listening sessions by recording and saving audio streams from iTunes Radio for offline playback. The AirPlay Recorder functionality was already available for Android devices, but Mac users will now be able to take advantage of the feature as well. The app is free from doubleTwist’s website, and you can test it out by recording 10 second samples before you decide if you want to buy the full version for $9.99.
If iTunes Radio is going to become a key component to Apple’s infrastructure lineup, the company is going to have to bring advertisers to the platform in force. AdWeek reports that in order to move the iAds sales team away from in-app ads, Apple is planning to “build a real-time bidding exchange to automate selling in-app ads.” According to the report, Apple’s head of software Eddy Cue is unwavering in his dedication to the growth of iTunes Radio, even if it means automating other services to free up the sales team.
In a strange, but not entirely unexpected turn of events, Pandora has actually seen significant growth since the launch of iTunes Radio in September. Bloomberg reports that Pandora’s market share of radio listeners has increased from 7.77% to 8.06% in the time that iTunes Radio has been operational. According to Pandora CFO Michael Herring, listening hours on Pandora have increased by 9% as well. That brings total streaming content on Pandora to 1.47 billion hours in the month of October as iTunes Radio users migrate back. Despite this growth, the number of active users actually shrank slightly last month, from 72.7 million to 70.9 million. 9to5Mac points out that Pandora did finally drop the 40-hour monthly listening limit for free users in September, which certainly accounted for some of the growth. Whatever the cause, increased market share for Pandora is not good news for the long-term prospects of iTunes Radio.
When Apple first announced iTunes Radio, many people assumed that the inclusion of a full-fledged streaming service within the most popular music store on the planet would be the death knell for Pandora and other similar services. It turns out that might not be the case, as Apple Insider shares a survey from Canaccord Genuity that found only 8% of users who had tried iTunes Radio stopped using Pandora altogether. Analyst Michael Graham believes that “Pandora’s October monthly listener metrics are unlikely to be materially impacted by iTunes Radio, creating a potential positive near-term catalyst.” More →
iTunes Radio launched alongside iOS 7 last week, but the service is currently only accessible to iTunes users within the United States. But for users outside of America, BGR sister site BGR India has found a way to enable iTunes Radio on any iOS device regardless of what country you are in. In just a few simple steps, anyone can trick iTunes into thinking that he or she is a U.S. account holder, granting unlimited free access to iTunes Radio. Details on how to perform the trick can be found on BGR India, and there’s no telling how long it will work before Apple blocks it, so those interested in checking out the service should probably act fast.
When Apple was engaged in long, protracted negotiations with record companies over terms for its iTunes Radio service, many assumed that the company was trying to get copyright owners to take less money per song play than competing Internet radio service Pandora. The Wall Street Journal reports that this is not the case, however, because Apple is paying out $0.13 per song play, or 1 cent more than what Pandora pays out. In addition to royalties paid per song played, Apple is also dishing out 15% of its advertising revenue over the first year of its contract and will bump that number up to 19% of advertising revenue in the second year of the deal. The Journal also says that Apple is also “offering music publishers more than twice as much in royalties than Pandora does,” so it seems that iTunes Radio has the potential to be much more lucrative for record companies going forward.
Rumors surrounding Apple’s streaming music service had been swirling for years — not months, but years — and now we can finally put them all to bed. The company on Monday took the wraps off of iTunes Radio during this year’s WWDC keynote, and the new service definitely sports a solid feature set. iTunes Radio is integrated into Apple’s Music app, providing curated streaming radio stations and custom stations that improve as you listen and download new music. And now that the service is finally official and we know all there is to know, it’s finally time to start your Google Play Music All Access trial. More →
After months of contract negotiations with record labels, Apple has finally announced its Pandora-killing music app called iTunes Radio. The new music service will be built into the official iOS Music app. Much like Pandora, iTunes Radio lets you create your own music stations simply by typing in names of artists. While you’re listening to a song that you like, you can make it a favorite by clicking a star icon and iTunes Radio will start playing more songs like it. iTunes Radio will be free and supported by ads although users can get an ad-free version of iTunes radio if they’re already subscribers to iTunes Match. Apple says that the new service will launch first in the United States before expanding to other countries.