Beats 1 will soon be Apple’s only free music option as it shutters ad-supported radio

Beats 1 will soon be Apple’s only free music option as it shutters ad-supported radio

Ad-supported radio stations are vanishing from iTunes Radio later this month.

As of January 29, listening to stations generated via algorithm (like ‘Chill’ or ‘House’) will require a subscription to Apple Music. The only free option will be Beats 1.

It’s not immediately clear what this means long-term, especially as Apple is apparently working to bring more Beats-branded stations to the masses. Logically, the Beats brand could serve as Apple’s ad-supported introduction to Apple Music.

If you’ve yet to claim your three-month trial of Apple Music, fear not; an Apple spokesperson says radio is still available with that option.

iTunes Radio Will Soon Cost Money [BuzzFeed]

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