Backing up a separate report which surfaced yesterday, Gary at iPhoneinCanada relays a report from the folks at Bloomberg, this morning, in which the publication would appear to confirm that Apple may have plans to launch its ‘iTunes Radio’ service in Canada – early next year.
The move, it claims, will see Apple “[beat] industry leader Pandora Media Inc. [to] the U.K. and Canada,” according to people with knowledge of the situation.
“ITunes [sic] Radio is also set to start early next year in Australia and New Zealand, where Pandora already operates, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. Nordic countries are also being targeted in the same time frame, the people said.”
‘iTunes Radio’ launched publicly alongside the release of iOS 7, on September 18. However, (at the time of publishing), the service is still only available to those in the United States, and can only be accessed by those with a valid iTunes U.S account.
As part of its official press release published on September 23, announcing a record-breaking launch weekend for both its “iPhone 5C” and “iPhone 5S,” the company also confirmed that over 11 Million iTunes customers have already ‘tuned-in’ to the music stations provided by both itself, (and select advertising partners), on iTunes Radio.
The reported planned expansion of the music-streaming service to the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand is obviously expected to see that figure rise – considerably.