Apple’s Eddy Cue ‘very pleased’ with iTunes Radio, looks to go international ASAP; more than 100 countries targeted

“Top Apple executive Eddy Cue says he’s ‘very pleased’ with the initial rollout of iTunes Radio and hopes to have it running internationally as soon as possible,” Nekesa Mumbi reports for The Associated Press. “‘One of our top priorities is to bring iTunes Radio obviously here in the U.K. but everywhere in the world,’ Cue said last week in an interview from London. ‘We certainly want to be in more than 100 countries.'”

“Apple launched its music streaming service late last month as part of an update to its iOS 7 operating system. Though a late entrant into the Internet radio service, in just its first week, it had 11 million users,” Mumbi reports. “‘We were very pleased, very pleased with the initial results,’ said Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.”

Cue “adds: ‘We want to be the best,'” Mumbi reports. “Cue believes it stands out because Apple has been able to create a better match of songs that listeners like. ‘That’s a lot of the feedback that I’ve seen both that people have written about and certainly the emails,’ he said. ‘It’s the quality of the stations,’ he said. ‘The question — and what the ability that we have that I felt was unique… that we could have a radio station that played songs that you would really like.'”

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  1. What’s the best way to set up an iTunes channel that plays plenty of new music that you might like, regardless of the artist. I tried creating a channel by seeding it with one of my favorite artist, but it just started playing songs by that artist.


    1. Stations learn as you use them and tell it what songs you like and don’t like. Using the feedback star and never play this song will train your station. You can also set the station to ‘Discovery’. This is done in the circle i. Additionally, you can add artists, songs and genres in the edit station screen.

  2. Love it, but just a tad unstable with the old iPad 2. Crashed a few times at first. Probably overloaded. LOL… but it seems to work pretty good. Apple just needs to tweak the user playlist to stop repeating songs to many times and expanding the selections when including artist or genre to the custom playlist.

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