Among the list of new features set to launch in the new iOs 7 OS for iPhone and iPad is Apple’s long-awaited music streaming service, iTunes Radio.
Integrated directly into the music player app as a “music discovery service”, it makes use of a list of featured stations that you can swipe though. Tapping the station name plays it, and stations seem to be based around individual artists as well as genres and curated offerings.
Tapping a star next to a track lets the service know to play more songs that are similar, add it to an iTunes download wishlist, or remove the song from ever playing on iTunes Radio ever again. The “Nickleback button” if you like.
Free with ads, it’s completely free to iTunes Match subscribers, coming totally ad-free to those folks. No separate subscription plan then will give Apple a big boost here in the fight against Spotify, though there was no word of offline playlists either, suggesting the company are still trying to get people to splash the cash on tune downloads through iTunes.
Rolling out in the US first, it’ll be available through iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and also works in iTunes on the Mac and AppleTV.
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