iTunes Radio Actually Playing Music in Canada for Some Users


After Apple announced iTunes Radio exclusively for the USA at WWDC 2013, Canadian users were able to get it here via a simple workaround, which involved signing into a US iTunes Account.

Since last October, numerous Canadians have seen iTunes Radio placeholders pop up on their iOS devices—but the ability to play music wasn’t possible. However, as of last night some Canadians have been able to successfully play music using iTunes Radio, such as reader @Nicholas_Baron, on his iPad Air:

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Itunes radio canada ipad

Nicholas noted repeat and shuffle functions worked fine and a ‘Learn More’ link directed users to’s iTunes Radio landing page. iTunes Radio stayed on his iPad until he closed the music app and after that it disappeared for good.

Back in October a job listing revealed Apple was hiring a music programmer for a position in Toronto, while in the same month, Bloomberg reported Apple was set to expand iTunes Radio to Canada in ‘early 2014’. In December it was reported Apple was hiring an ad sales executive for iTunes Radio International.

Meanwhile, MacRumors reports some users in the U.K. and Australia similarly have been able to play music within iTunes Radio, with some users seeing the feature appear after a restore.

Have you been able to actually play music from iTunes Radio in Canada recently? Looks like iTunes Radio testing is well underway in Canada and could launch fairly soon.


  • kenchernoff

    I was surprised to see the Radio option active on my iPhone earlier in the week. I still get a “Service Unavailable” message, but this is encouraging that it may finally open up in Canada. I’m anxious to at least give it a try.

  • Thanks for the comment. I still haven’t seen iTunes Radio yet, but it seems like everyone else has!

  • ondre

    I *just* opened up Music and saw the Welcome screen that disappeared just as quickly.

  • Bryan Simmons

    The iTunes Radio option appeared for me about 2 weeks ago after restoring my iPhone 5, but it’s still just saying “service unavailable” as well

  • waynejones421

    Wow radio…

  • cCudmore

    I tried iTunes radio with my US iTunes account on my iPhone and loved it!! Until I tried to sign out of my US account and back into my Canadian account, which is where all of my iTunes Match songs were. It locked my out of my iTunes Match content (and for that matter any previously purchased content) for 90 days. Turns out the terms of service says you can only change accounts on a device ever 90 days to prevent people from logging into all of their friends phones and re-downloading content from their own account…. Live and learn. Now I’m anxious to get back to it with my Canadian account.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Yep… for me (as long as I’m signed into my US iTunes account).