UPDATE: The Malaysian pricing for Apple Music’s monthly membership is corrected in this article. The price for an individual membership is US$3.99 (RM17.57) while the family membership costs US$5.99 (RM26.37).
Apple announced that its internet radio service, iTunes Radio, will no longer be available for free on 29 January. Instead it will be part of Apple Music and requires a monthly subscription fee of US$3.99 (RM17.57) for individuals. For a family membership, it not only costs US$5.99 (RM26.37) per month, but also requires iCloud Family Sharing. If users still prefer to use a free broadcasting service from Apple, they will have to opt for the Beats 1 instead.
“We are making Beats 1 the premier free broadcast from Apple and phasing out the ad-supported stations at the end of January,” an Apple spokesperson told Buzzfeed News. “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.”
iTunes Radio was first launched in 2013, and like any other online radio stations, it allows users to listen to their favorite musics based on genres, artists and so on. However, users would have limited control over iTunes Radio, as they cannot replay a song, rewinding during a song and are only allowed to skip six times per hour. This is a contrast to Apple Music, where users are free to control their songs, but with a subscription price.