Just before Apple released the new iOS 7, it brought out the latest version of iTunes. Apple has also released the much rumored iTunes Radio with the iOS 7 release. With iTunes Radio, Apple ventures its way into streaming music market.
The internet radio has been ruled by Pandora since quite some time but the new iTunes Radio seems to be serious threat. So, users who are going to install the iOS7 today will also get iTunes Radio. However, after installing the iTunes Radio, you won’t be much surprised with it.
With iTunes Radio, you will be able to make customized radio streams by selecting your favorite artists. You can also make the app play more songs like the one you are currently playing. However, the music streaming service from Apple does not bring anything new to the users as compared to other popular services like Pandora and Spotify.
The only advantage iTunes Radio has got is that users do not need go to the App Store and search for it and download and install it. The service comes preloaded with the new iOS7. You also do not require creating any account to use it. However, you are required to shell out a small fee of 25USd for an year to use the service. If you have not subscribed for iTunes Match, the service will feature ads.
In the previous month, Google had announced its very own music streaming service called Google Play Music All Access. When you compare Apple’s music streaming service with that of Microsoft’s Xbox Music, you can understand how cheap Apple’s service is. Xbox Music users are required to pay 99USD per year. The Xbox Music service app is available for iOS. Pandora costs 36USD per year for a user.
As of now, iTunes Radio does not allow users to store music so that they can listen to it later if they happen to face issue like internet disconnection. Also, the service does not allow users to choose individuals songs to listen. You won’t find specific albums to listen but you will have to rely on Apple’s algorithm to search for the songs you would like to listen.
iTunes Radio is available in the new iTunes version 11.1 for Windows, Mac and iOS7 users. iTunes now comes with a new feature called Genius Shuffle. Based on the selection of the user, this feature allows automatically shuffling and playing of similar songs. Some of the other features of iTunes Radio include track rating and social integration.
iOS 7 which comes with a refreshingly new design comes preloaded on iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Both the device are going to be released on 20th Sept. Apple has promised that as time passes by the music streaming service will become even more personalized that what is now.