Apple Ceases Free iTunes Radio Streaming Worldwide

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today officially ended free streaming of its iTunes Radio channels worldwide, incorporating the catalogue of stations into its subscription-based Apple Music service.

    The change follows Apple's announcement earlier this month that its free radio-listening feature would be discontinued at the end of January but would remain available to Apple Music subscribers.

    As of this morning, iOS Music app users who tap on a radio station are bounced to a screen prompting them to join Apple's premium streaming music service.


    Likewise, iTunes users on a Mac who attempt to access the stations or create their own are met with a dialog window asking them to "Get on Our Wavelength" and join Apple Music.


    Users with an iTunes Match subscription are also no longer able to access the stations. However, Apple's Beats 1 radio channel remains available to iTunes users worldwide as a free listening option.

    Apple had quietly continued to offer ad-supported iTunes Radio stations in the United States and Australia even after the launch of Apple Music on June 30, 2015. However, after the company's decision to wind down its mobile iAd platform, the feature was already being limited in other regions to those who pay for Apple's streaming music service.

    iTunes Radio was originally released with iTunes 11.1 and iOS 7 as a free ad-supported service, offering music discovery through featured and genre stations provided by Apple or through the creation of new stations based on a specific artist or song.

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  2. dilute37 macrumors member


    Dec 7, 2007
    Grass Valley, CA
    Lwhat does this mean for previous gen Apple tv access to radio streams?
  3. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2009
    Atlanta GA
    wow...didn't even notice. guess not using it does that
  4. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    I'm an Apple Music subscriber, so it doesn't affect me. But this is a classless move inasmuch as iTunes Match subscribers just had a perk of the service they were paying for taken away. Not cool, Apple.
  5. hoon2999 macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2012
  6. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    Totally sucks. I liked the Chill and Classical stations. Aren't the premium prices we pay sufficient to have at least a few free radio channels?
  7. robertcoogan macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2008
    Joshua Tree, California
    Don't care. Why pay for something when others offer it for free?
  8. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
  9. 2457282, Jan 29, 2016
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    2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    I don't see how this goes well for Apple and the iTunes Store. I listened to several stations to hear new music that I would later buy. Now I can't listen to new music so I guess I won't discover or buy much now. And I will not subscribe - I pay once only for a song. The drug dealer model, I will not support.
  10. Derekeys macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    Philadelphia, PA
    Is Apple aware of what other services offer for free? Spotify on desktop is so far above any offering that this move will only certainly hurt Apple.

    There is a section of my grocery store that used to give out free samples of yogurt covered pretzels and I would always swing by for a bite. So I started buying cases of them for long road trips cuz they were really good. Now they got rid of the free samples, and I just tend to forget they're there.
  11. LucasLand macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2002
    New England
    I canceled a month ago. i liked it but rarely used it. I find myself listening to SiriusXm much more. I also can't even remember the last time i actually bought any music, whether it be from iTunes or from another store. Spending money on music these days is rare. if there is a song id like to hear at home i find myself looking it up on youtube

    Im also an iTunes match subscriber but barely listen to my collection these days. I'm considering canceling that service too
  12. camarograna2 macrumors member

    May 7, 2015
    I'm disappointed. I really used this allot since its introduction. My radio stations were really fines tuned because I would spend time customizing the songs and artist to listen and not listen to. It was truly great for me. Ever since Apple Music I lost the capability to modify the station (customize who to remove/add an artist into my already established station). I was disappointed then but they were still really good stations. I listened to them daily!!!

    Is there an alternate service that is free, lets you edit the station to tell it which artist or song to keep and which to stop playing like iTunes Radio use to allow ?
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    You can't cancel iTunes Radio because it was free. I think your talking about Apple Music. This is not it. This was the radio service they introduced before Apple Music
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    You didn't pay for iTunes Radio. This is not Apple Music folks!!!!!
  13. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    WORLDWIDE is not US + Australia :)

    Not a huge shock for most of the WORLDWIDE users here... Sorry Americans + Aussies .
  14. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    So now we have yet ANOTHER useless button in the Music app on iOS. Thanks Apple. When I tap that my only option is Beats 1, the over other link on that page is for a radio station that won't play.

    I'm so glad I went with Google Music. Now I'll do everything I can to avoid opening the Music app. I wish I could somehow uninstall it.
  15. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2009
    Have you tried Pandora? aka what iTunes Radio copied
  16. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    iTM but not an AM user here. I found the streams too redundant IMHO, playing the same songs over and over in each "station". Oh well, not forking over for AM, spending more time listening to Amazon's free offering built into Prime now anyways...
  17. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    England, UK, Europe
    I applaud this decision, as it really clarifies the options to the customer.

    You can now (either/or/both):

    • buy songs/albums from the iTunes music store

    • subscribe to Apple Music and stream songs either directly or through 'stations'

    I like paying for music.

    I believe musicians should be paid for their creative endeavours.

    I pay for an Apple Music family subscription as that's currently the best method for me to pay while being able to discover new music that I otherwise would not have heard.
  18. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    Yup your right no longer works and guess what?? I'll never pay for streaming radio nor will I ever pay a subscription for Apple Music, never!!
  19. camarograna2 macrumors member

    May 7, 2015
    Thanks ToroidaZeus I use to have pandora and they did not have the fine tune option before. Now they do so I will use pandora now. Just have to rebuild my lists
  20. Janichsan macrumors 68000


    Oct 23, 2006
    iTunes Radio ceases to be… and the most part of the world where it never was available doesn't care…
  21. BollywooD macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2005
  22. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    It was still working? I must have been clicking in the wrong place since once Apple Music came out I couldn't figure out how to get back to the old free radio, so I just went back to Pandora.
  23. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    Do you subscribe to cable television?

    Personally, I don't understand some peoples' animosity over subscription streaming services. If it's a purely fiscal decision, such as the fact that the subscription would cost you more money in the long run that's fine.

    But making it about some sore of philosophical choice is kind of dumb, IMO. Take my situation, as an example. Before Apple Music came along I had well over 3,000 songs in my library. Probably 40% of them purchased from iTunes. I was spending on average more than $10 a month for songs that I was buying, and I have been doing so for years. With Apple music, for less per month I get to download and listen to any one of literally millions and millions of songs on a whim. The fact that I can put up to six people on the account for $15 a month (there are currently 3 on my account) makes it even more economical.

    To use you example about listening and discovering new music, Apple Music shifts that in your favor. Now, when you hear a song or an artist that you like you can, for no additional money go out and find more of their music, and download and listen to it.

    Apple Music has helped me discover music from artists I had already known by allowing me to download much bigger portions of their catalog, thereby showing me music of theirs that I would have never otherwise seen or heard.
  24. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    iTunes and the Music app on the phone have become so cluttered you can't even tell what is what anymore.
  25. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Guess what? I use Apple Music every day. Love to use it while I work-out, and in my office. $10/month is a small price for something so useful in my life. I don't understand people who won't get something for $10. I can understand saving like $1,000 on something, but $10 is pigeon feed. I'm glad my finances are better than yours.

    My whole model of listening has changed with Apple Music. Sure, I have options, I could choose Spotify, but Apple Music is more convenient and cheaper. The family plan brings our cost to less than $5 a person.

    I now hear a song by an artist, and find out other albums the artist has made, and listen to the whole albums in their entirety. I'll find a few favorites and add them to my work or work-out playlists.

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