Apple have confirmed what many speculated, and announced iTunes Radio.
A free internet radio service, featuring over 200 stations with an expansive catalogue of music from the exisiting iTunes Store, iTunes Radio lets the user listen to stations that are inspired by the music they like and listen to. The more songs you listen to, the more personalised iTunes Radio becomes. Additionally, there will also be access to “first listen” exclusive track premieres, and also the ability to tag or buy any music you listen to with only one click.
Siri also gets in on the action. When listening to a track, you can ask Siri who sings the song, or ask for more songs like it, and you get it. Users can also use Siri to shape their own personal station, based on favourite songs and artists.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior VP of Internet Software and Services, said of the service;
“iTunes Radio is an incredible way to listen to personalised radio stations which have been created just for you. It’s the music you love most and the music you’re going to love, and you can easily buy it from the iTunes Store with just one click.”
iTunes Radio is ad-supported and free for all, though an ad-free version is available if you subscribe to iTunes Match.