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10/10/2013

Apple bringing iTunes Radio to Canada, launching new iPad?

IpadNew reports suggest Apple may be set to unveil a new iPad in late October, and it could bring iTunes Radio to Canada.

So far, only our neighbours to the south in the United States have been able to enjoy iTunes Radio, a streaming music service much like Songza.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Canadians will gain access to iTunes Radio in early 2014.

The information reported by Bloomberg is from people with knowledge of the situation.

Like Pandora and Rdio, iTunes Music lets users listen to tunes based on their preferences. Almost like real radio, except you can skip ahead if you don't like a song, favourite artists and tracks that you like, or change the theme entirely.

So far, many of these streaming music services have only been available to Americans due to rights issues.

But the Bloomberg article suggests that Apple sealed deals with Universal Music and other major record companies.

Also in the works, without a doubt, is a new iPad – which could be announced on Oct. 22.

AllThingsD.com reports that Apple will unveil the fifth version of the tablet later this month, according to people familiar with the company's plans.

What will the new iPads feature? Rumours suggest it'll lighter, thinner and sport one of the newer, faster 64-bit A7 processors.

The iPad Mini will likely also have a Retina display, just as sharp as the screen found on the recent, full-size Apple tablets.

The low-resolution screen on the current Mini has helped keep the costs down, but things look so much better on the high-rez Retina displays.

Are you looking forward to a new iPad? What features would you like to see?

And would you use a streaming music service like iTunes Radio?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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