iTunes 11.1 Beta 1 drops with built-in iTunes Radio

By , Jul 29, 2013

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Alongside today’s release of iOS 7 Beta 4, Apple has also seeded a new version of iTunes to its registered developers. The first beta of the upcoming iTunes 11.1 is now available via Apple’s Dev Center (the current iTunes build carries a version number of 11.0.4). The beta software contains the iTunes Radio feature, which on desktop is currently available only in the United States on OS X 10.7 or later Macs…

iTunes 11.1 Beta 1 (build number 11.1b44) is the first iTunes build to include support for iTunes Radio, Apple’s ad-driven, Pandora-like music streaming service.

With iTunes 11.1 Beta 1, developers can test the streaming service on both their desktop and mobile devices from Apple. Radio channels can be accessed by hitting a new Radio button at the top of the Library screen.

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Screenshot via Scott Buscemi.

This screen also includes a Settings button that gives you an option to remove explicit music and limit ad tracking. As for the just-seeded iOS 7 Beta 4, there’s a new Play Explicit Tracks option available in the iTunes Radio section of the stock Music app.

iTunes 11.1 Beta 1 also includes other iTunes Radio features from iOS 7.

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Accessing iTunes Radio for the first time on the desktop (see the image top of post) produces this prompt:

iTunes Radio features Internet radio stations you’ll love from day one from the best selection of music. The more you listen, the more personalized it becomes. And it’s available on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Apple TV for free.

Here are a few more iTunes Radio screenshots, via 9to5Mac.

Check out an iTunes notification below.

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Cool, no?

And this is what searching for a station looks like.

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As TechCrunch noted, iTunes Radio on desktop behaves much like its iOS 7 counterpart. You can browse Apple-curated stations, create your own based on the currently playing song, buy songs being played back instantly in the Now Playing window and more.

iTunes Radio was announced alongside iOS 7 at WWDC 2013 last month.

The feature, currently in beta, is set to launch to everyone this Fall and will include occasional audio ads. iTunes Match subscribers ($24.99 a year) will enjoy ad-free iTunes Radio experience, Apple said.

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  • Gorgonphone

    up if its not free i dont want it

    • TinTonB

      It is free, you just get ad’s like spotify.

      Also, £17-ish~ a year for effectively spotify aint bad!

    • Anthony Antunez

      It’s free but has ads. If you pay for iTunes Match though, there are no ads.

      • Kevin Guzman

        Right, you are correct. Since I got iTunes Match back when it was first released, I have been enjoying the radio, free from ads. Also, its worth noting that iTunes Radio has much more variety in music. I’ve never been impressed with internet radio until iTunes Radio came into the picture. Spotify is great, but their lack of Metal and Hardcore music seriously made me cancel my subscription.

      • Anthony Antunez

        Same here, i think the ability for iTunes Radio to read your existing library also gives a much better personalized station. Its really cool.

  • Timothy

    Anyone have links for a non-dev to download?

  • Michael Hulet

    Can you get this with a free dev account? And if so, where? I can’t find it

    • Timothy

      No you can’t, it’s paid only. We both have to beg a paid developer to be generous enough to upload the .dmg for us, lol.

  • Jamie Tilden

    Are these iTunes now playing notifications only for songs played from iTunes Radio? Or from your library as a whole?

    • rosssimpson

      They actually show with songs from your library too

  • rosssimpson

    I think their interface is lacking a bit and is bland on os x! Bit of a shame as it looks far more superior on iOS, then again, where are you more likely to listen to an online radio? PP