iTunes Radio has only been out for one month, yet Apple is already devising a plan to globally destroy Pandora.
Pandora currently operates in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, though Bloomberg is now reporting that iTunes Radio will be moving into these markets early next year. In addition, iTunes Radio will move into Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and surrounding countries around the same time.
Even more importantly, iTunes Radio is also scheduled to arrive in the UK and Canada in early 2014. Pandora has not yet been able to secure affordable licensing deals in these countries, instead relying “on rights granted by government entities.” Apple’s wallet-power has allowed direct, untouchable deals with the likes of Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music Entertainment, among others.
That’s sort of like Spotify, but without the implosively-scary business model. Looking ahead, Apple has lofty goals for iTunes Radio, they hope to eventually offer it in 100 countries.
Bonus round: can you name the album cover adapted at top?