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On January 29, iTunes Radio will discontinue and be combined with Apple Music as a feature. Afterwards, Beats 1 Radio will be Apple‘s sole radio station service. iTunes Radio launched in 2013 that featured many stations, genres and artists. Shutting down the iTunes Radio is a strategic move to help boost Apple Music’s subscriber count, which has reached 10 million to date. Read the full email sent to iTunes users below.
“As a listener of ad-supported radio on Apple Music, we want you to know that it’s being discontinued on 29 of 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 favorite songs and artists. Start your Apple Music membership now and enjoy unlimited access to everything radio offers along with the entire Apple Music catalogue.”