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

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:46PM EST
iTunes Radio Vs. Spotify Vs. Pandora

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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.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.