iTunes Radio was first announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June, shortly after which it became available to people who resided in the US and had downloaded the iOS 7 update, however since that time it has not yet made it to any other country.
Rumours are now however suggesting that the service will soon be launching in both the UK and Australia, after some users on the MacRumours forums pointed out that they had begun to receive the welcome screen of iTunes Radio on their devices after restoring or resetting their phones (we advice not to do this in order to try it for yourself).
There’s also some similar reports coming from Reddit and Twitter.
This is something we have expected for some time, after Bloomberg reported that the service would expand to Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand by early 2014, however if I was to guess a set month for its release, I would say maybe February-March time in order to coincide with Apple’s next conference, however I have been wrong before.
At the moment we don’t know anything official, but when we do we will be sure to update you.
[Update] It seems I might have to eat my own words soon, as after restoring to the latest beta, i too have been offered the “Welcome to iTunes Radio” screen, however a little differently to the sources that MacRumours cites, as I don’t seem to be able to get past the loading screen of iTunes Radio, likely due to the fact that this is a simple glitch. (shortly after loading it states “iTunes Radio is temporarily unavailable. Try again later.”
If anything else happens I will make sure to post it for you guys.