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iTunes Radio Will No Longer Be Free as of the End of January

Apple told its customers by way of email that the service will only be available for Apple Music subscribers

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

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.