What You Need to Know About iTunes Radio for iOS 7?

New iTunes Radio on iOS 7 Devices

I am not talking about the traditional radio feature available within the iTunes desktop player. The new “iTunes Radio” is Apple’s attempt to create an impact in our everyday life. Below you will find essential info related to iTunes Radio:

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What’s new?

The iTunes Radio is integrated directly into the Music app. It’s a “feature” — not a standalone app. Designed by Apple, the new radio program can stream music to iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, iPod touches), your desktops (Macs and Windows PCs), and Apple TV. You can listen to songs whenever you want, but that’s not the best part of iTunes Radio. The ability to stream music that is “relevant” to you is what makes iTunes Radio stand out from the rest of the radio apps.

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How it works?

After launching the app for the first time, you will be taken to a new page with hundreds of free radio stations. Select any of the radio station you like (or you may like) to listen to the songs. There is nothing groundbreaking till this point — all you will do is play a song, skip forward, see what’s the next track is, favorite the any song you like, and so on.

But as you keep using the app to listen to new music, the iTunes Radio will automatically discover something for you. So, for example, if you are listening to Led Zeppelin’s song, then expect iTunes Radio to show you similar tracks that might be interested in. There is also a new “History” tab on the top-left that stores information of all the songs you have listened to. What’s more is that you can purchase these songs through the iTunes Store.

For anyone wondering what iTunes Radio really is, here is the short version:

iTunes Radio is a free-to-use radio that discovers and plays relevant songs. You can also buy songs you like through the iTunes Store, which is integrated within the Music app.

What’s the catch?

Two things you should know: iTunes Radio is not available on every iPhone, iPod or iPod Touches. Only devices running iOS 7 firmware or higher will have this app. Also, the radio app has advertisements in them. This is how Apple makes money.

To remove the ads, or to have a completely ad-free experience, you must be a subscriber of iTunes Match.

iTunes Radio supports the following devices:

  • iPhone, iPad, iPod Touches running iOS 7 operating system or higher.
  • Mac OS X machines — including iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, MacBook Air.
  • Works on Windows operating system.
  • Available on Apple TV.

Apple is releasing iTunes Radio first in the United States. While you can expect the streaming app to roll out globally, but that should take a while.

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