Apple's iTunes Radio Becomes Third Most Popular U.S. Music Streaming Service

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Less than six months after its launch alongside iOS 7 last September, Apple's iTunes Radio has become the third most popular music streaming service in the United States, according to a new report from Edison Research and Statista (via Fortune).

    While Pandora and iHeartRadio took first and second place with a 31% and 9% share of the market respectively, iTunes Radio accounted for an 8% share with over 20 million users, passing Spotify's 6%. Apple's streaming service also passed the likes of competitors such as Google Play All Access, Rhapsody, Slacker, and TuneIn Radio.
    Apple launched iTunes Radio in Australia last month, as the company looks to ultimately have the service "in more than 100 countries," according to senior vice president of Internet software and services Eddy Cue. The company will be able to roll out its service to additional countries more quickly than competitors due to its existing international rights deals with Universal Music Group and other record companies.

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  2. macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
  3. macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2010
    Yeah the US, now make it available in other countries please.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Mar 30, 2009
  5. Guest


    Jan 22, 2014
    Earth's Core
    Is pandora really that strong? I seem to see that everyone uses spotify. Thought spotify was much stronger in the numbers...:confused:
  6. SvP
    macrumors 6502


    Mar 31, 2009
    Where's the love for the netherlands?

    As early founders of at least parts of the U.S, we expected and hoped for a bit more love from you people. Years and years go by, and the hope for a dutch speaking Siri, or the release of iRadio, are painfully absent.

    We're disappointed, people.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2013
    To be fair though, Pandora and Itunes Radio don't really offer what Spotify does. Spotify is the biggest streaming service in terms of letting you listen to exactly what you want. It's not an internet radio unlike the previously mentioned services.

    Spotify should be compared to Google Play All Access and Rdio.
  8. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    why did i think Spotify would be number one for sure ^^ guess the US prefers to skip through random songs
  9. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    1. Takes too much effort to build a specially catered playlist.

    Pandora's algorithms are second to none in mine and many people's experience. And they've developed a reputation around this. I rarely felt the need to skip.

    Still I have dropped it, for iTunes Radio...

    2. Spotify is incredibly expensive. Even for people who pay the 'Apple Tax'. And have the ability and time to dedicate to building their own playlists... In order to build a playlist from songs and store for offline usage on your mobile, Spotify wants $120/yr... and you lose it all if you ever stop paying.

    iTunes Match with ad free iTunes Radio is $25/yr and leaves you a leftover $95 budget for 73-95 new DRM free songs licensed to you, perpetually and not tied to a subscription service.

    That's 2, maybe 3 whole completely new playlists.

    In reality, can spend a fraction of that to merely bolster, rework and refresh current playlists.
  10. macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2012
    This is just a snapshot. It would be interesting to see User Base vs. Time for each of these services.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2009
    I had been using Slacker, but I'm enjoying iTunes radio. I will not renew Slacker in the fall.
  12. macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2011
    Kansas City
    Interesting. I spent a lot of time rating songs, and Pandora still played a lot of music I didn't want to hear. I deleted it from my phone the day iTunes radio was announced.

    Unfortunately, iTunes Radio doesn't register scrobbles with my account, so I listen to either my own library or Spotify 98% of the time.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2012
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Not in Holland :)

    I'm pretty sure Spotify is nr1 in Holland as the pictures shows out, and the rest falls very very deep when it comes to second place in the charts, including iTunes which I found one the worst music apps ever made.

  14. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Southern Ontario, Canada
    Why is Pandora not available in Canada?? :confused:

    This country is run by IDIOTS!!!!! :mad:
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2013
    well I don't have access to Apples offering. I have always happily used Tunein and find it really good.
  16. macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2009
    Like everyone else, I'm surprised Spotify is as low as it is compared to the rest. Oh well, those of us who use it know better :D
  17. macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2006
    …or most other parts of Europe.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2007
    I tried Pandora a year or two back...hated it. I had to skip too often with it.

    I started Spotify last year but when trying to use my headphones to pause it, I'd end up starting iTunes. (this is on a Mac)

    Then switched to iTunes Radio once it came out...that has been really good, much better than Pandora. I still like Spotify when I actually want to hear a Specific song. and can easily save a playlist/album and listen FREE on the Mobile App.
  19. macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2013
    And yet Apple didn't put it in CarPlay. Of course we don't know what kind of negotiations did or did not happen, but it makes you wonder. I hope this isn't another example of Apple telling people what they should want, rather than allowing people to pick what they DO want.

    That said, I much prefer a service like Spotify where I can listen to algorithm radio, curated playlists, or any album that I pick. I use all three regularly.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2013
    I've never used Itunes Radio, seeing as it's not available in where I live. Nevertheless, correct me if I'm wrong but you can't listen to a specific song whenever you want, right?

    How is $120/yr expensive for listening to exactly what you want whenever and wherever you want? I honestly don't get the point of iTunes Radio. How is it different to Pandora and what does it do that other simplistic internet radios don't already offer?
  21. macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    I have been a subscriber to both Pandora and Spotiify for years and I put them way ahead of iTunes Radio. There is no diversity on iTunes Radio and it consistently plays the same tracks over and over. I picked one particular "featured station" once and it literally played Song A followed by Song B and back to Song A and then back to Song B. Are you serious? If it's one thing that annoys me, it's when streaming music repeats tracks.

    It just doesn't seem like iTunes has the library some other services have.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2011
    I don't get why Pandora and Spotify are so popular, they were innovators back then but they've been lagging behind - I'm surprised Rdio isn't even mentioned on that chart, too.
  23. macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2011
    Richmond, VA
    For those outside US, you can create a free US iTunes account and get access to iTunes Radio. Create US account is easy and no credit card necessary
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2002
    Tokyo, Japan
    Was that you guys? I thought they were from Holland. We named a tunnel after them.
  25. macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2011
    Richmond, VA
    Create a US itunes account, problem solved.


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