Ralph Landry1 wrote:
Have not checked yet with Music, but one of the issues I had with iTunes Radio was the extremely limited classical music choices. But that reflects the overall music availability...we no longer have a classical FM station in the Washington, DC area. Sirius/XM has many more Country selections than Classical.
Give Apple feedback about this at http://www.apple.com/feedback as we may see some movement if enough of us speak up.
You can get your classical fix from http://www.wqxr.org. New York Public Radio now owns it, and they have a huge grant from the JL Greene Foundation to provide streaming services for all of their actual stations, as well as dedicated streams for subsets of the genre, including "Q2" for living composers, Operavore - all opera, all the time, and The Jonathan Channel, 24 hours a day of Jonathan Schwartz and his American Songbook. There's also a wqxr app and a wnyc app. The wnyc app includes a number of streams also, as well as real time FM and AM channels and current podcasts.
Satellite XM at least has 3 classical channels, which are useful when the public stations are begging. And for traveling long distances by car where cell signals aren't guaranteed. (And use up data quickly).
The real issue I have with classical presentation on any streaming service, be it Apple radio, Pandora or any of the others, is they don't do random correctly for any music that has more than one movement. If I want to hear Bizet's Symphony in C for example, I want to hear ALL of it, not just one movement. So I really have no interest at all in Apple Radio or any of its competitors.