Apple has announced that it will begin charging for its iTunes Radio service from this month's end. Launched back in 2013 alongside the iOS 7 and available only in the US and Australia, the service has been free (ad-supported) all this while.
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However, that will change as starting January 29, it'll become paid. Further, you'll only be able to access the service - which competes with Pandora - if you're a paid Apple Music subscriber. For those who aren't already aware, Apple Music costs $9.99 a month.
"We are making Beats 1 the premier free broadcast from Apple and phasing out the ad-supported stations at the end of January," the Cupertino-based company said in a statement.
"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."
What!? Apple gave something free to it's customers. I can't believe it. This is miracle until they removed it's free offer. I really can't believe they actually offered it's customers something free.
Paying for a service, provided to you... is... daylight robbery? lmao