1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar

    Just yesterday, a report revealed that Apple may be in the process of improving the Maps application in iOS 8 with public transit directions, improved augmented reality, and more, On Wednesday, a new report is suggesting that Apple may move towards a standalone iTunes Radio app for iOS with the release of iOS 8.

    The report from 9to5Mac, reveals that Apple would like to move to a standalone iTunes Radio application to help increase user awareness and usage of the music streaming feature that was introduced with iOS 7. Currently, it is integrated into the stock Music application inside of its own tab, and those with full music libraries already might be less tempted to even give the feature a try.

    With a separate application on the Home Screen, users that aren't familiar with the feature, or are getting an iOS device for the first time, will be more likely to open the application, see what it's about, and try it out.

    iTunes Radio certainly hasn't been slouching in popularity. Statista found that iTunes Radio has already consumed 8% of the music streaming market, making it even more popular than Spotify, an alternative music streaming service that holds 6% of the music streaming market. iTunes Radio has only been out for a matter of months, while Spotify has been around for a matter of years, which makes those numbers pretty impressive.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    2014-03-12 05:47 PM
  2. bigboyz's Avatar
    I am all for it. That would stop me from hitting the button while in iTunes on my phone by mistake.
    2014-03-12 06:05 PM
  3. Silverado1987's Avatar
    Idk I'd prefer it in the music app
    2014-03-12 06:15 PM
  4. lilrican21's Avatar
    Another app? Great newsstand 2.0
    2014-03-12 07:12 PM
  5. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
    Another app? Great newsstand 2.0
    I don't think so. Seeing as almost everyone I know who used their iPhone for music also use the Radio. Also, the only reason NewsStand was really an issue was because you couldn't put it in a folder. Even then a fair amount of people used it. Plus, there are plenty of crapware apps that Apple has by default. Like passbook, gamecenter, FaceTime, etc.
    2014-03-12 09:13 PM
  6. flash66's Avatar
    iTunes Radio is by far absolute crap! Plays the same songs over and over and after you've heard them on one day, The next, your station probably won't even play unless you delete and recreate it. Its super limited. I keep giving it another chance on my phone, Mac, etc. but always end up switching to Pandora
    2014-03-12 09:37 PM