ESPN Radio and over 40 local National Public Radio (NPR) stations around the U.S. can now be streamed live on iTunes Radio. The new stations are accessible from both the iOS app and the desktop computers via searching.
iTunes Radio is a music streaming service similar to Rdio, Spotify and Pandora launched with the iOS 7 and offers great competition to its rivals.
The ESPN Radio station on the iTunes Radio streams the same content that is available through ESPN radio affiliates. The program schedule can be found on the ESPN website.
The ESPN channel will broad special events such as the upcoming FIFA World Cup, Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series and other major events.
“We are thrilled to make our industry-leading sports talk and championship play-by-play content available to fans via iTunes Radio,” said Traug Keller, senior vice president, ESPN production business divisions. “And we are excited to partner with Apple to expand our digital reach. Our fans can look forward to expanded ESPN Audio offerings on both the national and local sports levels in the future.”
Over 40 NPR affiliates can also now be streamed live from across the U.S. including New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Austin, and more as of Tuesday. The stations can be discovered by searching.
Apple launched iTunes Radio alongside iOS 7 last September. The serice is currently available to U.S and Australia customers but is expected to expand to UK, Canada and New Zealand soon.