MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.�As of of Jan. 28, iTunes Radio will no longer be free. Apple told its customers by way of email that the �Pandora-like service� will only be available for those with Apple Music subscriptions, which costs $9.99 per month.
Apple will still be offering free radio, though, since The Beats 1 listening channels, with live DJs, will remain in operation. (This is different than the Beats Music app, which wasrecently shut down).
�iTunes Radio worked a lot like Pandora � customized radio listening, yet�with limited skips and no control over the order in which songs played. But Apple Music, which was introduced last summer,has become a priority for the company, and this latest push emphasizes those efforts,� according totechchrunch.com.
As a competitor to Spotify, Apple Music has been gaining traction. �Apple has said least 6.5 million had signed up as of October of 2015. Apple Music has also been an integral feature ofCarPlay, the company�s new auto dashboard.