New Zealand has announced it will start selling its own digital music service, which will allow users to stream a selection of Australian music on an Apple TV.
The new service will be called iTunes Radio, and it will allow Australians to stream music from Australian artists, including artists from the likes of The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, Kacey Musgraves, Ellie Goulding, Rihanna, Ellie Ware, Lil Wayne and many more.
Auckland residents will be able to buy iTunes Radio in stores in the city.
Users will be limited to 100 songs per month, with each song available to stream on a separate playlist.
Users who buy the service will also be able access their music library from their Apple TV, with all the songs in their library available on-demand and for purchase.
This means iTunes Radio will be a full-featured streaming music system, with streaming options that allow users the ability to stream individual songs or entire albums.
It also means iTunes will be accessible to Australians on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, and will be fully available for the Apple TV via Apple TV software.
In an interview with The New York Times, iTunes CEO and co-founder Anthony Noto said iTunes Radio would help Australia compete with the likes the likes Google and Amazon.
While he has yet to give details about the pricing for iTunes Radio or the length of the service, he said that the service would cost $9.99 per month for the first 30 days.
A spokesperson for iTunes said iTunes had no comment at this time.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is currently the only major media organisation in the world that does not have a streaming music subscription service.
It is a free service for Australians to listen to free radio stations.
The iTunes Radio service will launch in Australia in November.
The ABC has reported that Apple has already signed deals with several local radio stations, including the Radio 1 Morning Show, ABC’s AM and Seven.