With the launch of iOS 7 last year came iTunes Radio, but at that time, there was one major hiccup – it was only available in the United States, due to licensing issues. But now iTunes Radio has gone down under to the land of kangaroos and hats with corks. Yes, that’s right. The many Bruce’s of Australia can now use iTunes Radio.
The service runs on iPads, iPhones, iPods running iOS 7, the Apple TV, and on iTunes 11 on the Mac or PC. You can choose from over 100 stations, and music from the iTunes store. It takes into account the music you already listen to, as well as specially created stations by Apple, and stations on just one genre, just for you.
It basically operates according to what you download and listen to on iTunes. The more you download and listen to, the more iTunes Radio learns what you like and don’t like, further personalizing your stations. Adverts are inserted into the stations but they can be removed if the user is a paid subscriber of iTunes Match. In Australia, iTunes Match would cost AU$34.99 a year.
Australia is just the first of apparently many countries on the iTunes Radio world tour. 9to5 Mac reports that the service is due to roll out shortly in Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
In the meantime, if your country is not on the list, and you absolutely can’t wait for iTunes Radio, there is a workaround. Simply create a separate US iTunes account. It’s not the neatest solution in the world, but it’s good as a temporary measure.