Apple Asking Internet Radio Providers to Submit Cover Art for Future Use

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has sent an email to streaming Internet radio stations asking them to submit cover art for future use on iTunes and mobile devices. It appears that Apple will soon feature independent streaming music stations more prominently, including making them available on iOS -- perhaps in iOS 7.

    The company does note that submitted Internet Radio cover art is not currently displayed to users anywhere.
    On the Mac and PC, iTunes currently features hundreds of streaming radio stations, including many college and foreign stations.

    iTunes Radio, which launches this fall with iOS 7, is a Pandora-like music service that allows listeners to stream ad-supported songs explicitly licensed by Apple, though it's not clear how Apple plans to integrate iTunes Radio and the existing streaming Internet radio stations.

    Thanks Airplay Radio!

    Article Link: Apple Asking Internet Radio Providers to Submit Cover Art for Future Use
  2. macrumors 68030


    So, it's definitely just around the corner.....exciting fall on the way
  3. macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    I've used iTunes Radio once, I'm personally not a fan (not a fan of Pandora either). At least they're trying. Came in a bit late though.
  4. Glassed Silver, Aug 5, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2013

    macrumors 65816

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    Nice to see them continuing their traditional internet radio listing.
    Wish they allowed the stations to be cached locally before opening the categories that way they'd also be searchable.

    Oh and add some features... like alerts for plays of your favorite singer when he or she is played on a station maybe. Just an idea, but something beyond listing and play would be nice.

    Also, I'm still missing my favorite radio station on there which even happens to be Europe's biggest internet radio station (network). *cough cough*
    Either add them or allow me to slap my favorite one in that listing. I hate adding the stream URL to my music library. It produces all sorts of clutter and mess... Yuck...

    Glassed Silver:win
  5. macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2013
    I think I will have to wait few years more for iTunes Radio, they don't even have iTunes Match here in Sweden...
  6. macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    iTunes radio makes it easy to listen to radio stations from all over the world in all different languages and formats. I favor news, sports and radio stations running old time radio programs. It is a hidden gem that most iTunes users ignore or don't even know that it exists.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jan 4, 2010
    This is just one of many things that have me awaiting iOS7 more than the next phone or tablet that will use it. This will make my iPhone 5 "new" in many ways.
  8. macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2007
    I personally cannot wait for this! Fall couldn't come any sooner.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I'm not really a fan of streaming music,I like to have control over my own play lists . I know services similar to pandora are hot these days but I always find myself skipping and skipping and skipping even listening to the genre's I like.
  10. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Yes! After Labor Day it's going to get very exciting :)
  11. macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2010
    From the little I've used iTunes Radio I think it does a really great job... probably since I'm an iTunes Match user and don't have to worry about adds.
  12. macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    I really hope they leave the existing iTunes streaming radio channels alone, or bundle them as they are with the new radio service. Cool Jazz channel (part of ) and Blues Rock channel (part of ) are awesome and non-commercial.

    Of course, they both offer stand alone apps now, and they're great as part of AppleTV as well.. They sound great on 5.1 dolby digital with THX surround sound.
  13. macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I like owning music myself but there are definitely days where I just want to listen to a genre and not necessarily the music that I've heard before. iTunes Match is a surprisingly good Pandora competitor. Ex. my Hawaiian station is already worlds better and more accurate than the Pandora station I have pruned for years.

    As someone who has been using iOS 7 since the first beta I can confidently say that iOS 7 will be a bigger upgrade for the 5 than any hardware/features the 5S will add. It's familiar yet completely different and a LOT more functional.
  14. macrumors regular


    Feb 25, 2011
    this could be the winner here guys.
    love iTunes radio, would love to have this on my iPhone too.
  15. macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2009
    I'd love for them to just drop an fm/am radio into the device so I can listen to my sports stations without having to carry around an actual fm/am radio when I want to listen to sports while I'm out running/riding/yard-working

    9 times out of 10, I try to listen to my local teams playing and they're blacked out on streaming apps like "i heart radio" or "KNBR".
  16. macrumors member


    Jul 18, 2011
    The first thing that bugged me when I got my iPad-mini was when I realized that I could not stream internet radio streams through iTunes. Hope this will change now.
  17. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    What struck me most about this article was the spec for album art. I remember when standard iTunes covers were 300 x 300 pixels. Now they're up to 1400 x 1400! :eek:
  18. macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2012
    I am legitimately concerned about the ETA on Canadian iTunes Radio arrival. I need it now!

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