Apple’s first news station on iTunes Radio features NPR News. Re/code reports that the station will feature some of the most popular shows on NPR:
NPR’s station, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a day, which mixes live news with segments from pre-recorded shows like “All Things Considered” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” NPR officials say that within weeks, some of the broadcaster’s local stations should begin offering their own stations, with a similar mix of live and taped news.
Additionally, Apple is apparently looking to expand beyond just NPR. iTunes Radio has been rumored to be put into a standalone app in iOS 8, which would increase its visibility and relevance on the iPhone, so these moves make sense: Apple is trying to create a complete radio alternative, and not just a streaming music service.