Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations

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    A few weeks out from Christmas, Apple has turned on nearly a dozen holiday-themed iTunes Radio stations that offer a variety of genres from sing-a-longs for kids to old seasonal classics.

    The ten stations include: Children's Christmas Holiday Sing-Along, Country Holiday, Classical Holiday, Holiday Classics, Holiday Hits, Latin Holiday, Rockin' Holiday, Soulful Holiday, Swingin' Holiday and The Sounds of Christmas.

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    Only a handful of the stations are readily available in the Featured Stations section on the front of the iTunes Radio tab, but all of them can be found with a quick search.

    iTunes Match subscribers can listen to the stations ad-free, as per usual, but non-subscribers can expect occasional advertisements between songs.

    The Christmas themed stations can be added to users' My Stations lists now, in iTunes on Mac and PC, and in the Music app on iOS. iTunes Radio remains available only in the United States and Australia, despite rumors of additional "early 2014" expansions.

    Article Link: Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations
     
  2. HackerJL macrumors regular

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    Canada?

    Being 15 minutes from the US border and not getting this is getting a little stupid. iTunes Match asked me for renewal earlier this week....wondering if thats worth another year. Come on Apple!
     
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    Can't you just create a US Apple ID to listen to iTunes Radio?
     
  5. telegix macrumors member

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    Yeah you can.. Problem solved and what I do here in Europe..
     
  6. teslo macrumors 6502a

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    the last thing anyone really needs to do is seek out Xmas music. is being inundated 24/7 everywhere by everybody not enough...?
     
  7. HackerJL macrumors regular

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    When my life is on the canadian iTunes, appletv's etc, its not super easy.

    If I hand the remote to my wife and tell her if she wants to listen to iTunes radio, go, here, here and sign in with this username. And then if you want to listen to our stuff, go back and undo what you just did....results in a remote flying at my head.

    This is apple, king of 'easy and streamlined', I should not have to jump through any hoops.
     
  8. malexandria Suspended

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    12 Days of Christmas App

    When do we get the annual 12 days of Christmas App? Which usually only has 2 or 3 actual worthwhile freebees? :)
     
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    no, there is never enough Christmas music.... and on Pandora and Spotify, you can get it 24/7, 365 days a year.... :p
     
  11. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    Too late, I say. I put my Christmas tree up the weekend following Thanksgiving every year, and that's really the only time I put on Christmas music. We were fueled by Pandora this year.
     
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    Wow, really wonder what the stations here in Europe play.

    *hint hint nudge nudge*

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  13. odditie macrumors 6502

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    To your point...if you were going to a grocery store wouldn't you expect it to sell Milk? If it is something that is everywhere, don't you think a service that provides music should provide Christmas music during Christmas time?
     
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    It looks messy because they're 2 different screenshots side by side that make it look like 1. Here's what they look like separately.

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  15. Graig macrumors 6502

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    iTunes Radio in Canada. Now that would be quite a concept.
     
  16. vp719 macrumors regular

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    iTunes radio is just awful. I've been trying to create my own Christmas stations on there for a few days and it's ridiculously bad. I made a TransSiberrian Orchestra station this morning, the second song was Toby Keith non-holiday country, third song was nickleback. What the hell are they doing? Hopefully these stations are actually holiday songs...
     
  17. HarryKeogh macrumors 6502a

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    Country Holiday?!

    Bizarro-World HarryKeogh can't wait to tune in!
     
  18. dannyyankou macrumors 604

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    Eh, you don't want it. It's nothing too special. But Spotify was made available in Canada very recently.
     
  19. DaveMcM76 macrumors regular

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    Brilliant.... if only I lived in one of the TWO countries in the world where iTunes Radio was actually available...

    Forget more stations, lets try for some more countries first please Apple.
     
  20. jonnyb098 macrumors 68030

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    There was an article a while back that mentioned that Apple execs had no idea what Spotify was and thought iTunes radio would do the job to compete properly. So they spend 3 billion on beats to do what Spotify and Pandora have been doing for years.

    Kind of crazy when you think about it.
     
  21. blueroom macrumors 603

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    It's not Apple doing this, it's cross border media rights issues eh.
     
  22. JAT macrumors 603

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    This month is such a pain. I don't celebrate this silly holiday, and have really come to loath the hypocrisy. Inundated is right, I can't even listen to the radio (old, fm radio) in December.
     
  23. TsMkLg068426 macrumors 65816

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    Apple should integrate Beats to iTunes at no cost and make it part of iTunes Match.
     
  24. nburwell macrumors 601

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    Eeek!

    Classical holiday is the only station probably worth checking out. For me at least.
     
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    my comment was directed more at those who seek it, not those who provide it.
     

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