ITunes Radio Will No Longer Be Free; Only Paid Apple Music Subscribers Will Be Able To Access It

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Apple has announced that it will start charging for its iTunes Radio service from this month's end. Launched back in 2013 alongside the iOS 7 and available only in the US and Australia, the service has been free (ad-supported) all this while.


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However, that will change as starting January 29, it'll become paid. Further, you'll only be able to access the service - which competes with Pandora - if you're a paid Apple Music subscriber. For those who aren't already aware, Apple Music costs $9.99 a month.

"We are making Beats 1 the premier free broadcast from Apple and phasing out the ad-supported stations at the discontinue of January," the Cupertino-based company assumed in a statement.

"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."

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