RIP Free iTunes Radio
Apple confirmed a while back that it will be laying to rest free iTunes Radio streaming by the end of this month, or more specifically January 29th. The day has arrived, and the iTunes Radio service is no longer a free affair, until or unless you become a paying Apple Music subscriber.
iTunes Radio Is No Longer Free - Pay Up If You Want To Keep Streaming
iTunes Radio came into being with the release of iOS 7, and has since served up millions of users worldwide. But oddly enough, Apple has taken the decision to put an end to the 'free' bit of the whole deal, and now require users to sign up for an Apple Music subscription (individual or family plan) to get the ball rolling.
If you're not an Apple Music subscriber, then you'll be pleased to learn that all is not lost yet, as you can still listen to Apple's newfound radio station - Beats 1 - without tossing in a single dime. The station streams music 24/7, live, and is adorned by shows hosted by a wide range of celebrities such as Zane Lowe.
Users who are in ownership of an iOS device will be met with the following prompt as soon as they tap on the 'Radio' tab at the bottom of the display:
You have two options once you see the prompt, as you can see from the screenshot above, either you can join Apple Music and continue streaming iTunes Radio, or you can just tap 'Not Now' to not do anything at all, if that's the route you wish to take.
While we did enjoy the luxury of Apple's iTunes radio service in the start, but the fire died down given Apple's lack of improvement to the service, and of course, the launch of Apple Music, which essentially grants users access to millions of iTunes track for a month fee of either $9.99 or $14.99 if you're going for a family option.
If you're a user looking for a good music streaming service, and happen to be in the ownership of an iOS device or a Mac, then we highly recommend giving Cupertino's streaming service a shot. You get the perk of listening to Apple's vast iTunes library as well as exclusive content from artists such as Taylor Swift and others. And we're certain Apple will keep on expanding its service to the point where it's absolutely ready to trump its competition.