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iTunes Radio is popular but not even close to a ‘Pandora killer’

Updated 4 years ago
Published Mar 11th, 2014 8:45PM EDT
iTunes Radio Vs. Spotify Vs. Pandora

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.

However, iTunes Radio still faces a big gap with Pandora, which still reigns as the king of music streaming services. According to Edison Research and Statista, a whopping 31% of people surveyed said they’d used Pandora within the last month, a truly astonishing figure given that just 9% of people surveyed said they’d listened to iHeartRadio, the second-most popular music streaming service.

Statista’s chart showing the popularity of all major music streaming services follows below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.