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Old Feb 10, 2014, 01:43 PM   #1
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Apple's iTunes Radio Streaming Music Service Launches in Australia




Apple has launched its iTunes Radio streaming music product in Australia, the first non-U.S. country to get the service after it was launched alongside iOS 7 in September. It was reported in October that Apple was looking to launch iTunes Radio in the U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in early 2014.

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Apple today announced iTunes Radio(TM) is now available to music fans in Australia. iTunes Radio is a free Internet radio service featuring over 100 stations and an incredible catalog of music from the iTunes Store, combined with features only iTunes can deliver. When you tune into iTunes Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or Apple TV, you'll have access to stations inspired by the music you already listen to, Featured Stations curated by Apple and genre-focused stations that are personalized just for you. iTunes Radio evolves based on the music you play and download. The more you use iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more it knows what you like to listen to and the more personalized your experience becomes. iTunes Radio also gives you access to exclusive "First Play" premieres from top selling artists, plus the ability to tag or buy anything you hear with just one click.
Apple's Eddy Cue has said that launching iTunes Radio worldwide is a top priority for the company, with Apple ultimately aiming to have the service "in more than 100 countries."

iTunes Radio is ad-supported but iTunes Match subscribers (AU$34.99/year) get to use the service ad-free. The service is available on all iOS 7 products in the Music app.

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Old Feb 10, 2014, 01:44 PM   #2
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Ugh, come on Canada!
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 01:45 PM   #3
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Lets hope the U.K., Canada and New Zealand follow shortly!
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 01:45 PM   #4
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It's just Kylie Minogue, Men at Work, ACDC and Natalie imbruglia on repeat.
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 01:46 PM   #5
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Com'on CRTC get with the approvals, step in the 21st century!

(actually I have no idea why the delays in Canada, but I'm assuming it's them)
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It's just Kylie Minogue, Men at Work, ACDC and Natalie imbruglia on repeat.
And Craig McLachlan...
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 01:47 PM   #7
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Clicking "Add to Wish List" doesn't actually add a song to the Wish List, right? I can't tell if mine is just broken or the button was never implemented because literally nothing happens or gets added.
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 01:51 PM   #8
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So, the UK tomorrow right?





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Old Feb 10, 2014, 01:51 PM   #9
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For us members who haven't used it, will this make me dump my premium Spotify account at £9.99 a month, instead for an annual iTunes match subscription?
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 01:53 PM   #10
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Can't wait to have it in Belgium...
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 01:55 PM   #11
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For us members who haven't used it, will this make me dump my premium Spotify account at £9.99 a month, instead for an annual iTunes match subscription?
Not if you want to listen to whatever song you want on demand. iTunes radio is like Pandora, not Spotify. I use it now and then for discovery but I would never replace Spotify with it.
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 01:59 PM   #12
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Not if you want to listen to whatever song you want on demand. iTunes radio is like Pandora, not Spotify. I use it now and then for discovery but I would never replace Spotify with it.
Thanks. That makes a lot of sense. That is one of the reasons I like Spotify as I can listen to whatever I fancy.
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 02:00 PM   #13
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It's just Kylie Minogue, Men at Work, ACDC and Natalie imbruglia on repeat.
I shouldn't have laughed so much at that as I did!
Surely the UK released can't be fair behind in all seriousness tho....
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 02:02 PM   #14
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unfortunately it's DoA

Spotify and YouTube already won the streaming war

too little too late guys…
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 02:08 PM   #15
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unfortunately it's DoA

Spotify and YouTube already won the streaming war

too little too late guys…
Not exactly. I've got a subscription to Deezer, which is basically like Spotify but with a different name, and the feature I use most is "Hear This", which basically recommends playlists of genre's based on what you listen to, kind of like Genius.

I've got so much music that it's easier to hit shuffle and see what plays.

Here's to hoping the UK launch is coming this week!
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 02:08 PM   #16
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Is anyone actually using iTunes Radio?

Not trolling - I'm genuinely curious. I don't use it myself, but I don't listen to the radio much in general (I don't use Pandora or Spotify, either).
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 02:09 PM   #17
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The CRTC is most definitely holding this up for Canada. I mean, who else is going to make sure we meet our Bieber and Bryan Adams quotas? Seriously though, they demand that a certain percentage of content played on the radio is Canadian, I imagine they are trying to make Apple play by those rules too, which would probably be challenging at best.
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 02:09 PM   #18
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I believe some rumor a month or two back said it is supposed to come to Scandinavia in "early 2014". I believe this kind of service would be great for me, I don't listen to all that much music but mostly on the radio if I do.
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Why does Canada keep getting screwed over by these Corporations? A bunch of these other countries like USA, and Australia have Spotify, USA has Pandora also, and a bunch of other music streaming services. Canada only has Rdio and Xbox music...
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 02:21 PM   #20
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I can't seem to get it to work? I've gone into the iTunes Store app where it prompted me with an alert saying that it is available and if I would like to listen in the music app, (which I would like to) but it's not updating with the icon!! Grrr pls apple y u do dis! Haha #impatient
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 02:23 PM   #21
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plus one for a UK launch in the next few weeks though, it's just a shame the time it takes to please all the various wings of the record labels in different countries.

But I guess that's nothing compared to the insane challenge Eddie Cue has of trying to wrangle the US/UK Cable/Sat companies into line for an improved Apple TV Service!
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Hopefully it comes to Canada soon. I completely forgot it would be ad free because of my match subscription but that kinda makes me want to try it out more.
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 02:57 PM   #23
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Onya iTunes! Not showing on AppleTV just yet.
The stations are impressive and extensive.
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It's just Kylie Minogue, Men at Work, ACDC and Natalie imbruglia on repeat.
What no John Farnham?
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