Parts of Apple’s iTunes Radio service flicker on in Australia, UK, and Canada

“Over the past few days, Apple’s iTunes Radio feature has been showing up on iOS devices in Australia, Canada and the UK despite being officially limited to U.S. users, suggesting an international rollout of the service may be coming soon,” AppleInsider reports.

“According to reports from Canadian users, the iTunes Radio pane is accessible but not usable. Graphical assets may be scrolled through and will pull up relevant artist or song information if tapped, but streaming is so far unavailable. One user from Australia saw the service appear briefly earlier this week, but it has since disappeared,” AppleInsider reports. “In the UK, iPhone and iPad owners are seeing a bit more luck and note iTunes Radio is active and streaming in the region. Graphical assets are non-functional in some cases, but the service is streaming music over cellular data networks.”

AppleInsider reports, “In the UK, iPhone and iPad owners are seeing a bit more luck and note iTunes Radio is active and streaming in the region. Graphical assets are non-functional in some cases, but the service is streaming music over cellular data networks.”

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5 Comments

  1. All fine and dandy, provided the owner has access to networks that allow unlimited data, and have exceptionally good data coverage.
    Sadly, neither criteria apply to the UK, where the only network that gives unlimited data has really poor data coverage, and those with decent networks and data coverage throttle data allowances to around 1Gb/month, an amount a user can use in less than a week.
    Until major networks give their customers unlimited data allowances right across the range, things like iRadio are utterly pointless.

    1. Works great on Wi-Fi here at home or elsewhere, so it’s not pointless. Would be great if it worked in the car, but I use SiriusXM so don’t really need it there. Too bad Apple doesn’t own that outfit.

    2. I assume you’re referring to Three? I’ve been with Three for over a year now and I’m yet to really be troubled by poor coverage, I really don’t think it’s quite as bad as it’s made out. Occasionally I’ll find myself in a blackspot, but it’s not too bad.

      Plus, when you can get a good 3G signal, it’s extremely fast in my experience.

  2. As many know, Canadian users can already access this service if they also have a US iTunes account, which is easy enough to setup.

    I would assume the same would apply to users in the UK. For some reason the iTunes Radio service is not geo-fenced, which you would have thought it would have been.

    I think it’s a great service that will continue to improve I’m sure to become the de-facto standard.

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