iOS 8 Could Bring a Standalone iTunes Radio App
Just yesterday, a report revealed that Apple may be in the process of improving the Maps application
in iOS 8 with public transit directions, improved augmented reality, and more, On Wednesday, a new report is suggesting that Apple may move towards a standalone iTunes Radio app for iOS with the release of iOS 8.
The report from 9to5Mac
, reveals that Apple would like to move to a standalone iTunes Radio application to help increase user awareness and usage of the music streaming feature that was introduced with iOS 7. Currently, it is integrated into the stock Music application inside of its own tab, and those with full music libraries already might be less tempted to even give the feature a try.
With a separate application on the Home Screen, users that aren't familiar with the feature, or are getting an iOS device for the first time, will be more likely to open the application, see what it's about, and try it out.
iTunes Radio certainly hasn't been slouching in popularity. Statista
found that iTunes Radio has already consumed 8% of the music streaming market
, making it even more popular than Spotify, an alternative music streaming service that holds 6% of the music streaming market. iTunes Radio has only been out for a matter of months, while Spotify has been around for a matter of years, which makes those numbers pretty impressive.