iTunes Radio (teaser, iPod touch, iPad, MacBook Air, Apple TV)

As its iTunes Radio launch draws closer, Apple has begun sending out emails to owners of Internet radio stations asking that they provide cover art for future use on iTunes and mobile devices.The move suggests that the company is looking to feature independent streaming music stations, alongside its premium iTunes content, in the upcoming service…

MacRumors has a copy of the email:

Dear Internet Radio Provider,

Cover Art

The iTunes Store now requires cover art for Internet Radio stations. The cover art files must be 1400 x 1400 pixels in JPG or PNG format using RGB color space. The image URL must end in “.jpg”, “.jpeg” or “.png”. To add cover art to your station, send an email to itunesradio@apple.com including your contact name, station name and cover art file.

Cover art should avoid pixelation. Any text should be legible at reduced image sizes on small devices. Note that Internet Radio cover art is not currently displayed.

Questions about iTunes Radio?

Check out iTunes Radio here.

Regards,

The iTunes Internet Radio Team

To get an idea of what this could mean to us users, pop open your iTunes app on your PC or Mac and locate the ‘Radio’ tab. Here you’ll find about 30 different genre channels that break down into thousands of different Internet radio stations. Now, imagine these streams being organized, and curated, and available on your mobile device with a single tap.

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Of course, this is still speculation at this point. But users have long been calling for Apple to offer access to its collection of Internet radio stations through iOS, and iTunes Radio seems like the perfect platform to do it. Such a move would also add an interesting dynamic to Apple’s budding music service that might draw in folks that otherwise wouldn’t have used it.

After months of ‘iRadio‘ rumors, Apple unveiled iTunes Radio during its June WWDC event. The service will be free, with advertisements, and ad-free for those with iTunes Match memberships. And it’s expected to launch sometime this fall.

  • @sexyhamthing

    jus wondering, is itunes radio US only? I live in new zealand and its not on my ios 7 D:

    Also battery life is terrible, suggestions :O

    • Jimothy

      It’s in the Music app. Bottom left. Doesn’t show up if you’re not connected to the Internet.

      • John Sklikas

        No you’re actually wrong, it’s on the bottom left if you’re connected to the internet and logged in with a US account. When I am logged in with my US account I can see iTunes Radio. Though as I used to live in Greece, I have a Greek account and when logged in with the Greek account this iTunes Radio button doesn’t show even if I am connected to the internet. iTunes Radio is a US exclusive. And @sexyhamthing:disqus you should know that iOS betas are for developers, if you wanted good battery life you should stay on iOS 6 and leave us the developers to do our work without slamming the OTA servers every time an iOS beta update comes.

      • Jimothy

        You’re right, I haven’t tried using another country’s account.

  • Amad

    I think iradio is u.s only coz i can’t see it.

  • Philipp Steigler

    iTunes Radio is US only RIGHT NOW, but it’s coming to all countries some day 😉

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I wonder if they’ll get more licenses for other countries by the time iOS 7 drops. Or will it just be another US exclusive like Siri location services, buying movie tickets with Siri, getting sports news with Siri, etc…

      • Philipp Steigler

        I can get sports news in germany as well 😉
        I don’t know when they’ll get the licenses; I think it’s coming to other countries with iOS 7.1 or later.

  • Gorgonphone

    great cause all i want is the same radio streaming feature that is in my computer itunes now ion my iPhone,,