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Apple releases iCloud for Windows 4.0, iAd Producer 5

09/18, 3:07pm

Former gets Windows users iCloud Drive ahead of Macs

Apple has issued v4.0 of iCloud for Windows, the client needed for Windows users to sync content such as email, bookmarks, and photos with iCloud. The v4.0 software is a major update, bringing support for iCloud Drive, Apple's Dropbox-like file storage service. Significantly, this means that Windows users are getting access to the feature ahead of Mac owners. It first became an option with iOS 8's debut on Wednesday, but won't hit OS X until Yosemite appears at some point in the next month.

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Apple online stores again down for some users for second time [U]

09/04, 7:56pm

App and Media stores, iTunes Match and Radio unavailable to some users

[Update: problems resolved as of approximately 7:45PM ET] For the second time in as many days, Apple's online stores are unavailable for an undetermined percentage of users. The current outage, which began around 4:30PM ET and is ongoing, is affecting the both the iOS and Mac App Stores, the iBookstore, and a variety of iTunes services such as iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Radio and the iTunes Store. Other iCloud services, such as Siri, email, FaceTime and syncing services are not affected.

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WSJ: Beats Music head Ian Rogers to take charge of iTunes Radio

08/01, 4:23pm

Executive will straddle both music services

Beats Music head Ian Rogers will also take charge of iTunes Radio as a part of Apple's acquisition of Beats, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The people add that having Rogers in charge of both units is intended to generate cohesion in Apple's streaming music options. How exactly that might manifest is unclear, but the Journal speculates that Apple may implement new subscription options.

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ESPN, local NPR stations make expected arrival at iTunes Radio

06/10, 2:48pm

New York, Austin, Los Angeles among NPR affliates

As anticipated, ESPN and a collection of local National Public Radio affiliates have been added to Apple's iTunes Radio service. Both are live streams of their broadcast counterparts, and in some cases use custom art for individual shows. Some of the NPR affiliates include ones in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, and Washington DC.

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Apple cracks down on music downloaders, skews search results

06/10, 9:30am

Developers asked to remove downloading functions

Apple appears to be targeting music downloading apps for removal at the iOS App Store, and is moreover skewing related search results, accounts say. Some developers say they are being asked to remove audio download functions from their titles. When searching for the term "music download" at the App Store, the first result is now an ad for iTunes Radio, and the next highest ones are for primarily streaming-based apps, such as Spotify (which does however allow temporary offline listening).

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Apple turning to local ads, radio stations to boost iTunes Radio

05/30, 1:49pm

Could make iTunes more appealing to marketers

Apple is planning several changes to improve the success of iTunes Radio, according to ad buyers reached by The Information. The first is the addition locally-targeted ads, something reportedly happening later this year. The company may also begin promoting iTunes with "house ads" on its iAd network.

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Eddy Cue talks Beats takeover, Apple product pipeline at Code

05/29, 10:01am

Claims best products in 25 years due in 2014

Speaking yesterday at the Code Conference, Apple's senior VP of Internet software and services, Eddy Cue -- joined by Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine -- offered an explanation of the company's $3 billion buyout of Beats, and also discussed Apple's upcoming product pipeline. He noted that a deal for Beats and/or the people behind it has been in development for a decade, and that together the two companies should be able to speed up products that are being kept secret.

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ESPN, 42 NPR stations coming to iTunes Radio

05/28, 10:42pm

World Cup will be first live-streamed sporting event

Apple is in the process of creating a dedicated ESPN station for iTunes Radio, its ad-supported free streaming service. The new channel will carry both original ESPN audio programs and will offer some live sports streaming, including this year's World Cup broadcast -- the first time a sporting event will be live-streamed through iTunes Radio. As reported in March, a number of local NPR affiliates will also be joining the iTunes Radio lineup.

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Value of Apple's Beats buyout value allegedly drops to $3 billion

05/28, 10:02am

Deal could be announced by end of week

Apple has lowered its asking price for Beats Electronics to $3 billion, but is in a position to announce a deal by the end of the week, according to sources for the New York Post. The original $3.2 billion figure is said to have been touted prematurely. "Apple hadn't even begun its due diligence process when news of the number came out," one source is quoted as saying.

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Coldplay's new album now streaming free on iTunes Radio

05/12, 6:33pm

Latest in a series of album debuts attracting listeners, press

Apple's iTunes Radio continues to attract publicity and listeners through a string of recent streaming "listening party" album debuts, with the latest being Coldplay offering their latest album, Ghost Stories, as a free stream on the service. The new album, which debuts May 19, joins a long list of recent debuts, including albums by The Black Keys, Pharrell, Eminem and Beyonce.

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Apple pursuing Beats buyout for Beats Music, source says

05/12, 12:13pm

Beats' Jimmy Iovine seen on Apple campus

Apple took an interest in buying Beats Electronics because of Beats Music, according to a Bloomberg source claimed to be familiar with acquisition talks. Beats Music launched just earlier this year, but Apple executives are said to have been impressed by Beats' ability to convert people into paying subscribers. That could imply that Apple wants to improve iTunes Radio by upgrading its design and/or introducing more subscription options. The closest thing to an iTunes Radio subscription is iTunes Match, which removes ads from Radio but is intended mainly as a way of backing up a personal library and streaming it anywhere.

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Black Keys' new album streaming now on iTunes Radio

05/06, 6:30pm

New 'Turn Blue' to be released May 13; two songs available now

As part of an ongoing effort to differentiate itself from other streaming services, iTunes Radio has lately been on a tear of offering pre-release albums streamed on the ad-supported service. The latest entry is the new album Turn Blue by The Black Keys, now available to listen to in its entirety through a dedicated "First Play" channel. Also currently available under the "First Play" moniker are new albums by Michael W. Smith and Chromeo.

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Report: Apple to partner with Shazam for song recognition in iOS 8

04/16, 9:47pm

Song-identification technology may be enlisted for Siri, iTunes Radio

Citing unnamed sources "with knowledge of the product," Bloomberg is reporting that Apple may enter into a partnership with song-identifying app Shazam to bring the music-matching feature to iOS 8. Users could, for example, ask Siri "what song is playing?" as they listen to iTunes Radio or other streaming music services, with the voice assistant enlisting Shazam's services to return an answer after a short identifying pause. This in turn would produce a link to the song on iTunes.

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Apple iAd director spotted in London; UK iTunes Radio launch soon?

04/15, 11:53pm

Sighting adds to rumors that Apple plans multi-country but slow rollout

Fueling speculation that Apple may be planning to expand iTunes Radio to selected countries in the near future, tweets on Twitter have revealed that Apple's director of iAd services, Paul Wright, has been making the rounds of London media marketing and ad agencies where he is based. This follows claims by online radio service Bloom, which would be a competitor to iTunes Radio in the UK, that it was rebuffed from advertising on iAd, and a report of iTunes Radio briefly functioning in Ecuador.

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Apple's iTunes Radio pops up in Ecuador, suggests Latin America tests

04/15, 12:50am

Follows earlier report of occasional reception in Canada, UK

Users in Ecuador have provided evidence that iTunes Radio is now sporadically available in the South American country, suggesting that Apple is testing the service in preparation for international rollouts there and elsewhere. The news comes on the heels of previous reports in both the UK and Canada that saw testing of the service in those place, which may hint that Apple plans to announce a big expansion of the service in the near future. Officially, it is only available in the US and Australia currently.

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Bloom.fm banned from iAd due to competition with iTunes Radio

04/11, 12:36pm

Apple says move in keeping with official policies

UK-based streaming service Bloom.fm has been banned from advertising on Apple's iAd network due to it being competition with iTunes Radio, according to Bloom PR representatives. Until recently, Bloom was spending £2,000 per month on iAd spots. In rejecting the advertising, Apple is quoted as telling Bloom that it constituted "a competitive service to iTunes Radio and it is against Apple policy."

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Apple considers 'dramatic' revamping of iTunes Music Store

04/09, 4:54pm

iTunes Radio failing to convert listeners into buyers

Apple is considering a major overhaul of the iTunes Music Store in light of iTunes Radio failing to slow the decline of music downloads, say anonymous executives allegedly familiar with the company's plans. One of the key features of iTunes Radio, from Apple's perspective, is the ease with which it lets people by music from the iTunes Store. Only about 1 to 2 percent of people are actually tapping the Buy button though, and overall music downloads have declined by more than 15 percent.

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Apple adds NPR as first news channel on iTunes Radio

03/24, 12:50pm

Local affiliates anticipated soon

Apple is today adding National Public Radio as a channel on iTunes Radio, according to officials with NPR. The stream will be free and run 24 hours a day, mixing live news with the broadcaster's pre-recorded shows. Within the next few weeks, local NPR affiliates should start offering channels of their own. Other details of the agreement with Apple are unknown, but NPR is run as a non-profit.

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iTunes Radio could be moved into standalone app for iOS 8

03/12, 11:08am

Would be attempt at boosting usage

Apple is testing the idea of moving iTunes Radio into a dedicated app for iOS 8, sources say. At the moment, iTunes Radio is just another option in iOS 7's Music app. This may be hurting its adoption, since third-party rivals like Pandora and Spotify are separate apps and hence more visible. As a distinct entity, iTunes Radio would likely still come pre-installed with iOS 8.

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Statista: iTunes Radio already 3rd most popular music streamer

03/10, 11:50pm

Close to capturing second, but still far behind reigning champ Pandora

Barely six months after it debuted, Apple's iTunes Radio has already eclipsed Spotify and Google Play All Access (and others) to become the third most popular music streaming service in the US, according to a new report from Statista. While long-time veteran Internet radio station Pandora continues to maintain a clear lead over all rivals, it has taken 14 years for the latter service to reach its current level of 70 million active listeners (as of last April) and it continues to struggle with profits.

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Apple updates Remote, Xcode, Podcasts, iAd Producer, GarageBand [u]

03/10, 3:48pm

Remote gains Apple TV upgrades

(Updated with Logic Remote news) In the wake of iOS 7.1 and Apple TV 6.1, Apple has released updates to Remote, Podcasts, and GarageBand for iOS, as well as Xcode and iAd Producer for desktops. While the Podcasts and GarageBand updates merely include bugfixes, Remote can now control iTunes Radio on an Apple TV. Apple TV owners have also gained the ability to browse purchased video through the app.

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iOS 7.1 adds CarPlay support, improvements to Siri, iTunes Radio

03/10, 1:27pm

Available for all iOS 7-compatible devices

After a lengthy development and testing period, Apple has released the finished version of iOS 7.1 to the public. The code makes a number of improvements to iOS 7, for instance enabling CarPlay support in yet-to-be-launched vehicles. Siri will now let users hold down the Home button to decide how long a device should listen, instead of having to wait for the system to decide no one is talking. More naturalistic voices have been supplied for Japanese, British and Australian English, and Mandarin Chinese.

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Briefly: Soundgarden joins iTunes SXSW, iTunes Radio sees more debuts

02/26, 6:12pm

90s grunge act Soundgarden to perform 'Superunknown' in full at concert

On the heels of the announcement that the iTunes Festival, a live music event held annually in London, will be extended to a week of shows in the US for the first time at this year's SXSW music festival, Apple has now announced that 90s rock act Soundgarden will join the lineup. The band, featuring its full original lineup, will perform its best-known album "Superunknown" in full during the concert, celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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iTunes Radio reaches Australia in first international expansion

02/10, 2:39pm

Canada, UK, New Zealand rumored to be coming soon

iTunes Radio is now available to people in Australia, Apple has announced. There the service is functionally identical to its American sibling, in that it's primarily supported by advertising, but free to people who have an iTunes Match subscription. To listen, people need a Mac or Windows PC with iTunes, an Apple TV, or an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Briefly: GameEvil's Akasha MORPG, iTunes Radio Recorder for Android

01/17, 2:40pm

Akasha game launches on Google Play, with later release on App Store

Games publisher and developer GameEvil has announced its release of Akasha, its latest action MORPG. Featuring three retro classes -- Fighter, Archer and Mage -- players are able to experience dynamic action gameplay while enjoying the classic aesthetic of an MORPG. Its specialized dungeon play and skill upgrading system is customizable. Gamers who play prior to January 26, will receive a Beginner Support Pac and two limited-edition in-game crystals, offering passive stats and bonuses.

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Apple poaches Cumulus Media exec for iTunes Radio global expansion

12/10, 12:37pm

Hire hints at further push into streaming audio

Apple has reportedly poached an advertising executive, Michael Pallad, from Cumulus Media, unnamed sources have told Ad Age. After serving as executive VP of sales at the second-largest owner of FM radio stations, Pallad now is said to be tasked with overseeing international ad sales for Apple's iTunes Radio service.

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Eminem's 'The Marshal Mathers LP2' streaming in full on iTunes Radio

11/02, 3:10pm

iTunes Radio streams new Eminem album ahead of release

Apple's iTunes Radio service is now streaming the new album from rap artist Eminem in its entirety. "The Marshall Mathers LP2," the popular rap artist's first full-length album in three years, is also one of the first albums to stream in its entirety on Apple's recently launched but increasingly popular streaming service. The appearance of the album in full is a fulfillment of a statement made by Apple executive Eddy Cue earlier this year as to how Apple would promote certain tracks and artists through iTunes Radio.

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iTunes radio surpasses 1 billion songs streamed in US

10/22, 1:36pm

App Store offers over 1 million apps

During today's keynote, Apple started by detailing some of the company's recent successes. Cook reiterated how the company was able to achieve its biggest iPhone launch ever, by selling 9 million iPhone devices in the first weekend that the iPhone 5s and 5c were made available. Following this, Cook moved into numbers regarding the recently released iTunes Radio. Since launching in the US on September 18 more than 20 million listeners have tuned into the service, and over 1 billion songs have been played in the US alone. Finally, it was announced that the App Store now offers over 1 million unique apps, which have been downloaded over 60 billion times, resulting in more than $13 billion dollars being paid out to developers in total.

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Apple lawyers demand takedown of iTunes Radio contract

10/11, 7:31pm

Music site exploits publicity, complains of 'substandard' terms

A digital music news site was forced to take down a copy of an iTunes Radio contract it had been given and published -- opting to post the entire contract online rather than just discuss the portions it wanted to highlight, prompting a copyright claim from Apple. While some have claimed that Apple's beef was more about suppressing business details than protecting copyright, the site's tactics raise the question of whether its okay to break the law in the name of trying to garner hits.

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iTunes Radio beginning to reach Canada and UK listeners

10/10, 11:17am

Beats predictions from sources

iTunes Radio is already rolling out in Canada and the UK, according to anecdotal reports. Until this week, the service was only accessible in the US. The timing beats out predictions by Bloomberg sources, who suggested that Canada and the UK would only get Radio in early 2014. There is no word yet of Australia, New Zealand, or various Nordic countries getting access; the Bloomberg sources suggested those regions would be joining Canada and the UK in roughly the same timeframe.

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Report: First expansion of iTunes Radio coming in early 2014

10/07, 11:04pm

English-speaking and Nordic countries in initial rollout plans

Apple is expected to make English-speaking and Nordic countries the first wave of its expansion of iTunes Radio into non-US countries, pulling ahead of main rival Pandora in terms of international reach, Bloomberg reports. Citing "people with knowledge of the situation," Apple expects to bring the new streaming-radio feature of iTunes to Canada, the UK, several Nordic countries, Australia and New Zealand in a timeframe said to be aimed for early 2014.

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Apple want ad suggests iTunes Radio on its way to Canada

10/04, 9:32pm

America's northern neighbor likely to be first outside country to gain the service

Apple has posted job notices seeking iTunes Radio programmers for Canada, a sign that the well-received free music-streaming service will be expanding into the US' closest ally as one of, if not the, first countries outside America to gain the service. The posting suggests that the launch of the service in Canada may occur as early as sometime later this month, presuming some strong candidates can be found.

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iTunes Radio to be used to promote and stream albums pre-release

10/02, 11:18am

Streaming previews can be major boost to sales

Apple will use iTunes Radio to promote and stream albums before their release, according to Eddy Cue, the company's senior VP for Internet Software and Services. For some time now Apple has been offering full-length preview streams of albums by mainstream acts, but only on the iTunes Store. "Itís a huge improvement to do it on iTunes Radio because you donít go to a store a lot. Hopefully lots of people will be listening to iTunes Radio a lot; from a discovery perspective itís significantly better," says Cue.

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Briefly: Pandora not worried, Apple lobbyist headed to State Dept

09/25, 3:29am

Pandora founder says iTunes Radio will have only 'modest' impact

In what may become a "Michael Dell moment," Pandora Media founder and CTO Tim Westergren told a conference of stock analysts on Tuesday that Apple's entry into the streaming radio business through its iTunes Radio may have an effect, but its "impact will be modest on Pandora," adding that "it's really too early to tell" what the overall adoption rate of iTunes Radio will be, though Apple has already reported that it added 11 million unique listeners in the service's first weekend. The (currently) US-only iTunes Radio is part of a revamped Music player on iOS devices and in iTunes 11 for Macs and PCs.

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Nissan locks up spot as exclusive auto advertiser on iTunes Radio

09/24, 5:02pm

Deal to last at least through 2013

Nissan has signed a deal with Apple to be an exclusive automotive advertiser on iTunes Radio, according to an official announcement by the carmaker. The exclusivity will hold through the end of 2013. The company adds that it plans to treat iTunes Radio as a priority platform for advertising new vehicles, beginning with the latest Rogue, Leaf, and Versa Note models. Some form of agreement was rumored prior to iTunes Radio's September launch.

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Apple TV 6.0 update brings iTunes Radio, iCloud AirPlay support

09/20, 3:46pm

Set-top gets Chromecast-like content streaming

Apple has released an anticipated firmware update for the Apple TV, v6.0. The main addition is support for iTunes Radio, Apple's new streaming music service, also available on Mac, Windows, and iOS devices. Some other changes include podcast sync, access to shared Photo Streams, and the ability to listen to music purchased from the iTunes Store directly. Version numbers for Apple TV are typically behind that of the iOS release they are drawn from.

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Beatles make late arrival on iTunes Radio

09/16, 1:13pm

May suggest Apple still working on finalizing streaming deals

Albums by The Beatles have finally reached iTunes Radio, reports observe. Although the band's catalog has been available for years on the iTunes Store, and iTunes Radio has been active in pre-release form since June, the Beatles were conspicuously absent from Radio until this weekend. Access to the Beatles catalog could be an Apple advantage over some rival streaming services, like Spotify.

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AT&T, Apple now training support staff on iOS 7, iTunes Radio

09/06, 12:00am

Update for iOS expected on September 10 alongside new iPhone launch

Apple and its primary US iPhone carrier partner, AT&T, have begun formally training their respective support staffs (such as front-desk sales, technicians and call-in support crews) on the upcoming iOS 7, which is expected to arrive alongside the announcement of new iPhones at an Apple media event on September 10. The training, revealed a set of leaked support screens, show overviews of the primary features of the upgrade, including things like iTunes Radio and the Activation Lock which will be part of the enhanced Find My iPhone app.

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Apple growing iAd team in preparation for iTunes Radio debut

09/04, 2:39pm

Some hires meant to help outside parties produce more effective ads

Apple has been searching for dozens of new people to boost its iAd team in preparation for iTunes Radio, according to Ad Age. The publication notes that in August, Apple posted just five iAd jobs on its own website, but another 35 on LinkedIn. The company is hunting for people such as account coordinators, ad design managers, and project managers and engineers.

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AppleCare staff start training for iOS 7, iTunes Radio

08/29, 1:08pm

Workers asked to tell customers iOS 7 works the same as iOS 6

Apple has begun training AppleCare crews to support iOS 7 and iTunes Radio, according to sources in the division. Workers must reportedly finish iOS 7 training by the second week of September, which is roughly in line with when Apple is planning to announce the iPhone 5S and 5C, and when iOS 7 should be on the verge of reaching the public. The sources note that once iOS 7 is launched, Apple will ask most of its part-time staff to upgrade to full-time status to handle the workload.

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Nissan, Pepsi, Proctor & Gamble among early iTunes Radio advertisers

08/20, 3:31pm

Ads to eventually become device-specific

A number of major advertisers have lined up to advertise on Apple's upcoming iTunes Radio service. According to Ad Age, the list so far includes "McDonaldís, Nissan, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble and possibly one or two more brands," all of whom have reportedly signed 12-month contracts. Targeting will initially be device-agnostic, but in 2014 advertisers will get the option to direct spots at specific devices, with costs varying proportionately. An ad will be cheap on the iPhone, for instance, but more expensive on an iPad, and even more costly on an Apple TV.

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Internet radio stations asked to provide cover art for iTunes Radio

08/05, 9:49pm

Suggests that third-party radio stations will be folded into iTunes Radio

Apple is asking owners of Internet radio stations, such as those featured in the existing Radio gallery of iTunes, to submit "cover art" for their station -- following in the footsteps of an earlier art request for podcasts, and suggesting that third-party stations may be joining iTunes Radio and leaving the desktop iTunes application at some point. The artwork requirements call for a 1400x1400 JPEG or PNG file, which will be added to a station's iTunes Radio page. The current beta of iTunes Radio doesn't yet support third-party internet streams.

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First iTunes 11.1 beta adds iTunes Radio support [u]

07/29, 2:45pm

Update likely to go live in September

(Updated with Apple TV 5.4 seed 3) In tandem with iOS 7 beta 4, Apple has also started seeding beta 1 of iTunes 11.1, reports say. The beta includes hooks for iTunes Radio, Apple's upcoming music streaming service. The service is slated go live around the same time iOS 7 is released, likely this September, although people will be able to listen via both iTunes and iOS.

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WSJ: Indie labels being courted by Apple for iTunes Radio

06/26, 11:44pm

Deal said to be better than terms offered by competitor Pandora

A new report in the Wall Street Journal details the offer Apple is making to independent labels for its iTunes Radio service, one that is said to be nearly identical to the deal reached with the major labels. Under the terms of the agreement, Apple would pay a slightly more generous rate on songs streamed on the service than is currently paid by its main streaming competitor, Pandora. The latter company is actually seeking to cut the rate it pays for songs, claiming it cannot make a profit on its current 12 cents per 100 streams rate.

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A closer look: The iOS 7 Music app

06/13, 7:39am

The new iOS 7 Music app looks set to continue Apple's digital music lead

Yesterday I took a first look at the iOS 7 beta following its unveiling during the Apple WWDC keynote. As we noted, the changes to the design of the iOS UI are widespread and also include all of the standard iOS apps. While iOS 7 is still a work in progress, it is certainly pointing very firmly towards a new flatter, but attractive and vibrant user experience. As a music lover the new Music app immediately piqued my interest, especially with the introduction of the long-rumored iTunes Radio streaming music service.

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Apple posts videos for WWDC 2013 keynote, iOS 7, Designed by Apple ad

06/10, 4:50pm

First solid glimpse at new iOS

Apple has posted several videos on its website in the wake of today's WWDC keynote. These include the keynote itself, designer Jonathan Ive's introduction to iOS 7, and the "Designed by Apple" corporate branding ad narrated by Ben Affleck. The keynote video is roughly two hours long.

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Apple premieres iTunes Radio streaming service

06/10, 3:17pm

Uses Pandora-like structure

As a part of unveiling iOS 7, Apple today confirmed the existence of a new streaming service, iTunes Radio. The service will be accessible through iTunes, iOS, and the Apple TV; in iOS it will be built into an overhauled Music app. People can listen to custom or featured stations, and like Pandora skip songs, and vote to have the service play more of a certain kind of song or never play a track again. Tracks can also be added to an iTunes wishlist.

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