"It has potential."4.0 starson by tpbmtts
Pros: It's easy to use and there aren't too many ads
Cons: Song Selection needs work.
Summary: The ads play every five to six songs and the app does not display visual ads very often. This is great in comparison to Pandora. Pandora frequently plays and also features the usage of visual ads that block the screen. One can subscribe to iTunes Match for twenty five dollars yearly to get rid of the advertisements permanently. This option is cheaper than Pandora, which costs thirty six dollars to remove advertisements.
The connectivity works great and the radio plays even in areas where the wifi connectivity is low. The songs play without interruption most of the time, with buffering only present in an area with low connectivity. There is not much disruption in the music, which makes this a strong point. It works at about the same level as Pandora.
iTunes radio used up eight percent of battery in the time frame of an hour, whereas Pandora used up only six percent. Although iTunes uses more battery, the difference is not substantial enough to warrant this as too much of a heavy flaw.
The program has a clear interface, and the program is not cluttered with any login information or profiles. It is very simple to use and to switch in and out of. This makes it good to use when one is in a hurry, or needs to keep his or her hands free. iTunes radio makes it easy to find the history of the played songs, and the history doesn't delete itself after an app restart, unlike Pandora. There is a star that offers two options: play similar songs, or to add to the wish list. Since this program is under Apple, these options are also available from the control center. Therefore, the user doesn't even have to unlock the iPhone to do so, providing a great advantage of accessibility to people.
To test the variety of the song selection, I decided to push the program and look up K-pop artists and bands, to see which offers me better choice. As far as to selection of songs, iTunes presents three different options: hits, variety, and discovery. Hits seems to pull out similar artist's most popular songs, bought on iTunes. Variety took some different songs, though it still repeated many of the selection from hits. After trying the discovery feature, I was pleased to find that it did not repeat songs at such a frequent rate. Though I have found songs that I like on it, the assortment is still limited. This aspect falls short of iTunes Radio, and weakens the product in comparison to Pandora, as the latter has a larger collection of songs that are similar to the user's preferences. Although it has a smaller song collection than Pandora does, over the weeks iTunes Radio has been released, the variety has increased. The increase of song variety also correlates with the variety of advertisements. This suggests that the selection may increase with the addition of sponsors.
Itunes radio shows promise, as it has thousands of songs at its disposal. It is very user friendly, and has the advantage of already being pre installed on the iphone. It has an easy to access location by being added to the music app. Hopefully, as new iOS software is released, the song selection provided in the various stations increases. Itunes has a lot of purchase information so it has the ability to do so. The clarity of the program is highly appealing, and it provides a good experience for the user. The radio, over time, takes in song purchases and itunes library information to increase song variation and to fine tune it to the user's interests. With this technology, it proves that there is potential for this service to grow. Though it has its faults, iTunes radio may prove to be better than Pandora.