Apple’s iTunes Radio set to launch in Canada soon
iTunes Radio was launched last month together with iOS 7, with an exclusivity to users in the United States. According to Apple’s Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, iTunes Radio service would be launched around the world, and he would like to launch the service to more than 100 countries. Now, it looks like Canada would be the next country on the list and Cue has specifically mentioned United Kingdom, who played host to Apple’s annual iTunes Festival, is another destination for the iTunes Radio to rollout.
Apple is seeking at least two iTunes Radio programmers in Canada. According to the job listing, it requires the following job summary :
- Execute the programming of iTunes Radio in Canada, merchandising new releases and other feature content across multiple radio stations
- Update radio featuring daily, identifying new songs, chart gainers, and priority releases, as well as highlighting library content and showcase depth of catalogue
- Work with management in Canada and Cupertino to determine local and global priorities relevant to iTunes Radio
- Manage the weekly scheduling and programming process, including measuring stream counts, ensuring each station represents the most current and compelling music offering
- Collaborate with other editorial programmers on cross content initiatives and promotions
- Communicate regularly with the Marketing and Sales team in Canada to coordinate new release and sales based priorities
It’s unclear when the launch will take place, but based on Apple seeking people to manage iTunes Radio station in Canada, the launch is likely soon. The service allows users to stream radio stations based on artists or albums and because it relies on the music record labels, negotiations and licensing are required for the service to debut country by country.