Five Reasons iTunes Radio Might Beat Spotify and Pandora

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It was inevitable, and we all saw it coming from a mile away, but Apple nonetheless made a major music announcement during its WWDC 2013 keynote, introducing  iTunes Radio. This fall, the Mac maker plans to enter the ring with the likes of Pandora and Spotify with its own aptly-named streaming radio service.

While we can’t get our ears on iTunes Radio until the change of seasons, we already know a lot about what it’s capable of. Apple’s first foray into Internet radio already sounds like it could put both Spotify and Pandora into the ground, and here’s why.

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6 comments
  • Doug Says:

    Joe, Thanks for the article. For those who live outside US and want to access Spotify, you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.

  • RYAN Says:

    WHEN I FIRST GOT SPOTIFY I WAS EXCITED I ADDED LIKE 300 SONGS IN 2 DAYS THAT IS WHY I LOVED IT BUT AFTER 6 MONTHS I STARTED ADDING LESS AND LESS SONGS TO MY PLAYLIST AND EVERYTIME I HIT SHUFFLE I WAS SICK OF EVERY SONG THAT CAME ON CUZ I HAVE HEARD IT A THOUSAND TIMES I THINK IF I STICK WITH ONLY BUYING 7 SONGS A MONTH ON ITUNES IT WILL BE ALMOST THE SAME PRICE AS SOPTIFY 9.99 EACH MONTH BUT ON THE PLUS SIDE I WILL NEVER LOSE THE SONGS BECUASE I CAN PUT THEM ON MY 500 GIG HARD DRIVE I CAN PUT THOSE SONGS ON ANYTHING I WANT

  • RYAN Says:

    OKAY SO MY CAPS LOCK KEY IS BROKE AND MY PERIOD KEY IS BROKE SO BARE WITH ME I LOVE SPOTIFY ALWAYS HAVE TILL NOW ITUNES RADIO SEEMS AWESOME I NEVER DONE THE MATH BUT HERE IS HOW I THINK OF SPOTIFY YOU ARE PAYING 119.99 A YEAR TO RENT SONGS ON SPOTIFY LETS SAY IN A COUPLE YEARS SOMETHING HAPPENS AND SPOTIFY IS NO MORE WHAT WILL YOU DO ALL THAT MONEY YOU SPENT AND NOW YOU HAVE NO SONGS OR YOU COULD HAVE SLOWLY PURCHASED THE SONGS AND KEPT THEM FOR EVER I ONLY ADDED ABOUT 5 SONGS A MONTH ON MY PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY SO I FEEL LIKE I WAS PAYING 9.99 FOR 5 SONGS THAT MONTH OR IF I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT THEM ON ITUNES IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A BIT CHEAPER PLUS THERE WERE A FEW MONTHS I ONLY GOT A SPOTIFY A FEW TIMES I THINK IN THE LONG RUN ITUNES WOULD BE BETTER (JUST MY OPINION) THIS IS ONLY IF YOU ARE AN IPHONE USER OF COURSE

  • Bob Says:

    The article states:

    "One major flaw in Spotify’s radio solution is how bare bones it is. Users don’t have the option to track what they've liked or edit what is played in each station. Pandora offers all of these options, and soon so will iTunes Radio, leaving the ball in Spotify’s court to play catch up with."

    This statement is simply wrong. Spotify has a playlist that automatically incorporates songs liked on radio. Also, Spotify users can "edit what is played in each station" more than Pandora users because they can create playlists of songs.

    Put simply, ITunes Radio and Pnadora are like radio stations, but a little smarter. Spotify is like having an album collection with 22,000,000 songs. Comparing a radio to a record collection is like comparing apples to filet mignon.

  • Kevin Says:

    The author of this article needs to be fired. Android smartphones accounted for almost 75% of smartphone sales in 1Q13 and Itunes isn't available for Android. Therefore, the majority of smartphone users will continue to use Spotify and Pandora for radio.

  • c0nd3mn3d Says:

    just "Five Reasons." the "why" is superfluous / sloppy / poor grammar / unbecoming of a journalist.

    happy to be of assistance!

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