June 11, 2013
One of the key features of iTunes Radio is the ability to curate stations based on artist, genre, or song. Out of the box, however, Apple is already offering an nice lineup of featured stations. Available at the top of the iTunes Radio screen, the featured stations are expected to change throughout the year. At least in beta format, these stations seem to have been created based on current events, genre, and artist. Featured stations currently include: Pop Hits Summer Songs, Artists On Tour, Decades of iTunes, Alternative, and many more. The section also includes a station based entirely on what is trending via Twitter’s #Music service, which is definitely a nice touch. Apple’s off to a good start, however, they certainly have a long way to go. Where iTunes Radio has only a handful of featured stations, a service such as Slacker Radio has nearly 200, arranged by numerous categories. Rdio, Spotify, and other services are also miles ahead of iTunes Radio. We’ll be keeping an eye on iTunes Radio as it works its way through the beta process. In the meantime, see: Tune In To Apple's New iTunes Radio Service With This Hands-On Preview Video, Check Out iOS 7's All New Control Center In This Hands-On Preview Video, and Apple Posts Video Of Today's WWDC Keynote.