Apple Ends Free iTunes Radio Starting January 28th
January 18, 2016 at 3:54 AM (PT)
Look for iTUNES RADIO to pull the plug on the free version beginning JANUARY 28th. In an e-mail to customers, APPLE wrote that the service will only be available for APPLE MUSIC subscribers, which costs $9.99 per month. It's not the total end to a freebie though, as APPLE will continue to offer the BEATS 1 listening channels, with live DJs, at no cost.
APPLE told TECHCRUNCH that going forward, “For listeners of ad-supported APPLE MUSIC RADIO, available only in the U.S. and AUSTRALIA, 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.”