• ESPN and 42 Local NPR Stations Set to be Streamed on iTunes Radio

    It has been reported that Apple will be introducing a new ESPN station for iTunes Radio, Apple’s Internet radio service, right after its acquisition of Beats Music streaming service. Original ESPN programs including SportsCenter, Russillo, The Herd, All Night, Mike & Mike, and SVP will all be part of the app. The ESPN station will also be streaming the World Cup, making the event the first sporting event to be streamed live through iTunes Radio.

    Apple will also be adding a variety of local NPR stations to the service as well. Among the 42 local NPR stations to go live on iTunes Radio are San Francisco’s KQRD, New York Public Radio, WAMU in Washington, D.C., and more. Additional stations will also be added at a later time. iTunes Radio is currently only available in the U.S. and Australia, but will soon be expanding to The Netherlands, The U.K., Canada, New Zealand, and other Nordic countries. Apple wants to be in about a hundred countries by late 2015, according to Bloomberg.

    iTunes Radio is an Internet radio service that is available for free of charge with ads unlike Spotify, which is a full blown subscription based streaming service. iTunes Radio does not allow creations of playlists from hand-picked songs or skipping six or more songs per station every hour. But if you are subscribed to iTunes Match, which is Apple’s $24.99 annual scan and match service, you can enjoy iTunes Radio without audio ads.

    Source: 9to5Mac
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