Beginning on Jan. 29, Apple will be discontinuing its ad-supported iTunes Radio station service. Moving forward, Beats 1 will take over as Apple’s only free station. All other stations that were formerly free – those based on music genres and artists -- will require a paid Apple Music subscription.
The end of free iTunes Radio, which launched in 2013 and was made available only in the U.S. and Australia, was announced via an email to customers, according to 9To5Mac.
An Apple spokesperson confirmed the report to BuzzFeed: “We are making Beats 1 the premier free broadcast from Apple and phasing out the ad-supported stations at the end of January. 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.”
An Apple Music subscription is priced at $9.99 per month.
Read the email in full below:
"As a listener of ad-supported radio on Apple Music, we want you to know that it's being discontinued on 29 January. Beats 1 will now be the premier free broadcast so you'll continue to get all the best music and culture there with world-class DJs like Zane Lowe and specialty programming from artists like Dr. Dre, Drake, Pharrell Williams and more.
Additionally, with an Apple Music membership, you can access dozens of radio stations like Charting Now, Pop Hits and all the genres you love -- handcrafted by our team of music experts, commercial-free with unlimited skips. Or you can create your own stations based on your favourite songs and artists. Start your Apple Music membership now and enjoy unlimited access to everything radio offers along with the entire Apple Music catalogue."