iTunes Radio no longer free

Keeping true to its promise, ad-supported iTunes Radio, which launched in 2013, is no longer available for free and now requires an Apple Music subscription, leaving Beats 1 as the lone free-to-stream radio service on iTunes.

Starting today, non-subscribers who attempt to access iTunes Radio on iOS or via iTunes for Mac or Windows are greeted with a “Get on Our Wavelength” prompts, asking them to subscribe to Apple Music in order to continue enjoying Apple’s selection of streaming radio stations.

“Join Apple Music and get stations for every situation,” reads the message. “Plus, stream just about every song ever recorded, get handpicked recommendations, explore our experts’ take on the best new music.”

Apple announced that Beats 1 “will now be the premier free broadcast”. By putting iTunes Radio behind a paywall, Apple is hoping to accelerate the adoption of its $9.99 music-streaming service.

Apple Music subscribers can enjoy commercial-free streaming of iTunes Radio stations with unlimited skips, create their own stations based on their favorite songs and artists and more.

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  • Smeltn

    So now the music app is useless if we do not have any songs loaded on our device correct?

    • Pretty much, unless you have iTunes Match.

      • BooBee

        I’m not letting iTunes Match lapse at all because I’m worried I’ll lose it. I’m also worried they’ll kill that service off too but at that point I’ll just go back to Pandora. :o(

      • iPhoneWINS

        jailbroken panders is perfection

    • Harsh Sac

      Beats 1 is still available…otherwise, yes…another addition tp the family of useless apple apps

      • iPhoneWINS

        it costs money

      • Harsh Sac

        Beats 1 is still available for streaming for free…
        To get the rest of the stations, you need to subscribe to Apple Music which will cost money…

  • Harsh Sac

    I’m assuming this is worldwide, so when will this take affect in Asia? I have yet to see the prompt…

    PS: In about 3 weeks of using iTunes Radio, I have never experienced one single ad, and I haven’t started the 3-month free trial. I was assuming up until now that they advertise the songs itself. Is that true?

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    I was wondering where it disappeared. The whole tab is gone in 8.3.

    • Juschan


      • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot


  • Andres

    I’ll wait until Apple has a fix for this. Disappointed because I use iTunes Radio everyday

    • iPhoneWINS

      me too so now i will have too use my jailbroken iPad and a headphone jack or lightning cable to get pandora music to my stereo at home lol

  • Glarus

    I really hope this blows up in their face. Now I don’t need the Music app at all, which is fine with me.

  • 5723alex .

    Thanks for keeping iTunes Internet Radio alive.

  • Nathanial Wayne Langston

    On the Apple TV 3 the iTunes Radio tab is gone as well….but with that said i think they should do a software update to the older models ( at least the Gen 3) so that is also has Apple Music as I have a family membership and i can’t listen to it on my Apple TV until i get the new one

  • rubeN

    Wow I guess apple was hurting in money so they discontinued this free service. *sarcasm*

  • What

    All the more reason to go back to Pandora

  • Andrzej

    Christian, are you aware of any jailbreak tweak which brings back Radio? When I click on a station it says: “loading” and takes me to Apple Music subscription page….

  • Should I not renew my iTunes Match subscription then? Are they going to get rid of that too?

  • Paul Edmund

    I love Apple Music. I listen three hours a day for my commute. Every song you can think of is there. No other music streaming app can match its large library.

    I have been on Pandora, Spotify and Slacker. $9.99 is well worth it. Great music experience.

  • JayDee917

    Wow, judging by the comments it seems like no one pays for music. Pay $10 a month for Spotify or Apple Music, it’s worth it.

    • You’re not paying for the music when you buy a streaming subscription, you’re paying for a right to listen to it while your subscription lasts.

      That’s why I still buy all my music on iTunes or CD. Because I can listen to it forever with no DRM and i don’t have to pay extra because a license expired.

  • Nesly Lacroix

    Guess which services this seve? Pandora, iHeartradio, Jango, Google Play, Spotify. A big step backward for Apple.

  • Lockywood

    ESPN radio is working fine on Apple Music app. I do not have a paid subscription.