How To Get iTunes Radio Outside US

Apple announced iTunes Radio (their free Pandora like service) at the 2013 WWDC on June the 10th. The service is currently only available to the US users, which is a very common practice amongst all streaming companies. This is partly due to legal concerns and partly due to the companies trying to gauge demand, so they can better prepare and scale up their model as needed.

We’ve heard talks about the tech giant planning to bring its free, ad-supported service to other users outside US, but that might take a while. If you are amongst the majority of users who believes you shouldn’t have to miss out out the latest services just because you’re living outside US continue reading. We’ll show you how to get iTunes Radio ahead of your friends and have the chance to rub it in their faces.

Please note this is best done on an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, etc…)

Step 1

Go to your Settings app from your home screen and sign out of your current Apple ID.

Settings>iTunes & App Store>Apple ID>Sign Out

Step 2

Go back to your home screen and open the App Store app. Find a “Free” app and download it. You want to make sure it’s not a paid app, otherwise Apple will ask you to put in your American credit card information (Which we’re assuming you don’t have).

Step 3

When you’re asked to sign in, Select “Create New Apple ID“.  In the first screen you’ll be asked to select your country. Select United States and tap next. Rest of it should be pretty straight forward. You need to put in your email address, choose a password and so on. Should take you 1-2 minutes to finish this process.

Step 4

Once you’re done with the sign up process, go back to your home screen, open the “iTunes Store” app and search for iTunes Radio. You then want to tap on “Listen Now” to start using iTunes Radio. In some cases you can just open your Music app to and the iTunes Radio button will be added automatically.

You can use these steps to download the apps that are only available to US, such as Netflix, Ness and so on.

Apple should be bringing the Radio service to other countries soon if it wants to have a fighting chance against Spotify and Rdio. Spotify announced their free mobile tier earlier today, and Rdio has expanded its services to reach users in 20 more countries. Apple’s iTunes Radio is limited to US and although free it only allows for listening to radios based on tracks and artists. There is clearly a lot of competition in this area and Apple better step up its game if it wants to be seen as a competitor.

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