Following news that iTunes Radio has overtaken Spotify as the third-most popular music streaming service in the United States, a report has emerged that says Apple could eventually split the platform from iOS’ Music app. A standalone iTunes Radio service could debut in iOS 8 later this year.
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iTunes Radio to become standalone app?

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Following news that iTunes Radio has overtaken Spotify as the third-most popular music streaming service in the United States, a report has emerged that says Apple could eventually split the platform from iOS’ Music app. A standalone iTunes Radio service could debut in iOS 8 later this year.

Functionally, the app would remain nearly identical to its current implementation as part of the Music app, allowing users to browse their history, purchase tracks, and create and manage stations. The benefit would mostly be for Apple, giving iTunes Radio higher visibility with its own slice of homescreen real estate. The service’s growth over the past six months can likely be attributed to the large existing iOS userbase. A standalone app could encourage more iPhone and iPad owners to try out the service, putting it on par with other  music streaming platforms.

The original report states that the change might not actually happen this year, meaning iTunes Radio might not get its own app as part of iOS 8 immediately. The update, which will likely be previewed at WWDC this summer and released to users during the second half of the year, is also said to focus on improvements to Apple Maps as well as fitness-related features, including a new Healthbook app.

 

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