Tech ISH: iTunes Radio VS Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio & More


iTunes Radio is most similar to Pandora, allowing users to create custom radio stations based on songs and artists, while also discovering new music through "featured" radio stations. Although it's free for iTunes users, iTunes Radio will feature ads for those who are not iTunes Match subscribers.

Other companies such as Google and Xbox have had their sights set on Internet radio, too. In fact, just last month, Google announced its own streaming music platform — Google Play Music All Access. The Swedish-based Spotify, which launched in 2008 and came to the U.S. in 2011 — also has a radio service that serves its 24 million monthly active users and 6 million paying subscribers.

With 20 million licensed songs, Spotify actually beats out Pandora, Slacker and iHeartRadio in terms of its library, but trails behind Xbox Music's database of 30 million songs. Pandora is the clear adoption leader with 70 million monthly active users and 200 million registered users, but that doesn't mean Apple can't catch up.

Here's a look at how the new iTunes Radio stacks up against others. Which service do you think is the best? Let us know in the comments below.








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