Apple discontinues free iTunes Radio service
Fans of the algorithmically-generated stations will have to purchase an Apple Music subscription.
Apple has announced that ad-supported stations will be disappearing from iTunes Radio at the end of the month.
The change applies to generic, algorithmically-generated stations like ‘Chill’, ‘R&B’ and ‘Dance’, with Beats 1 left as Apple’s only free radio option.
From January 29, the only way for iTunes users to carry on using these stations will be with an Apple Music subscription.
An Apple representative told Buzzfeed: “We are making Beats 1 the premier free broadcast from Apple and phasing out the ad-supported stations at the end of January.
“Additionally, with an Apple Music membership, listeners can access dozens of radio stations curated by our team of music experts, covering a range of genres, commercial-free with unlimited skips. The free three-month trial of Apple Music includes radio.”
iTunes Radio was introduced with iOS 7 back in 2013, but most of the same features have since been migrated to Apple Music, which also features a huge number of curated playlists.