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Monday, June 10, 2013

What is iTunes Radio and how does it work

Apple have just announced their new music streaming service - iTunes Radio. The announcement was made by Tim Cook at the WWDC 2013. iTunes Radio is essentially a music streaming service which takes your likes and dislikes into account. The music that gets streamed to your device will take into account the genre of music you like and is customized accordingly. iTunes Radio can access the entire iTunes catalog, which means you have a choice of over 26 million songs to be streamed to your device. Companies like Sony, Universal and Warner have all joined the bandwagon.

iTunes RadioThe service will be free for all U.S users and will be ad supported if you have not subscribed to iTunes Match. You also have the ability to skip a track if it does not appeal to you. Once you have iTunes Radio you can start streaming radio stations to your device. You can add radio stations or share them - the app will also provide 100's of pre-built radio stations. You also have the ability to create your own radio stations and share them with your pals. iTunes Radio is built into iOS, iTunes on desktop, and Apple TV. Apple's iTunes Radio will arrive a little later in the US and the release should coincide with the release of iOS 7.

Siri will also play a huge role in iTunes radio. In addition to the personalized channels built just for you - Siri gets to give you more info on the songs you're listening to. You can ask Siri who plays that song or play more like this and Siri will do it.

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