Apple has announced that its free ad-supported iTunes Radio service will be closing down. A notice sent out to customers of the service is telling them that the free-of-charge service will be discontinued by the end of January.

Apple uses the email notice to let listeners know that the Beats 1 radio service – which Apple has invested heavily in – will be the only free radio service that the Cupertino-based company will be offering come February. It’s interesting to note that this discontinuation isn’t entirely centered on the iTunes Radio service.

Those listeners who subscribe to the annually billed iTunes Match service, and therefore listen to the radio service without any ads, are also receiving the discontinuation notice.

Apple is using the announcement to
further promote and push users to subscribe to its Apple Music service if they haven’t already:

“Additionally, with an Apple Music membership, you can access dozens of radio stations handcrafted by our team of music experts, commercial-free with unlimited skips. Or you can create your own stations based on your favorite songs and artists. Start your Apple Music membership now and enjoy unlimited access to everything radio offers along with the entire Apple Music catalog.”
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