iTunes Radio ditching free access

18 January 2016

apple Have you been enjoying iTunes Radio for free? Well, not for long, as Apple are changing things up.

Some people will have received an email, telling them that free iTunes Radio stations will soon not be available - on the 28th January to be precise. Now, these algorithm-generated channels will still be available, but now, they'll be part of Apple Music, and that requires a subscription.

You'll still be able to listen to the Beats 1 radio station without subscribing, but you can't customise that, which might bother some users.

If you've been enjoying iTunes Radio, and want to keep using it, then you're going to have to cough-up £10 per month, although, if you're a new user, you can get a three month trial for free.

If that doesn't tickle your pickle, then you can still use Spotify's free, ad-supported thing, where you can listen to music on desktop and via mobile (although that gives you limited access) and Google Play Music has their free, advert-filled radio stations too. So you've got options, if you're not really prepared to stump-up a subscription.

There's always normal radio stations too, if this all sounds like a faff, or listening to mixes on Mixcloud. Either way, you won't be using iTunes Radio for free for very much longer.


  • Jessie J.
    Fuck 'em.
  • Ginger B.
    Actually they are ditching something we never had in the UK - With itunes match in the US and Australia you was able to listen to radio as part of the service, they are removing that feature which is a bit crap, but not for us in the UK as it was never supported. The radio services on Apple Music required a subscription, except for Beats1 which on the two times I've bother to listen to it was playing Justin Beiber.
  • Rob
    My sentiments exactly!
  • tin
    I'll just carry on listening to the actual radio.

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