iTunes Radio might soon come to Canada with Apple posting an ad looking for two music programmers for positions in Toronto.
Apple’s music streaming service, iTunes Radio that launched alongside the iOS 7 is said to conquer different regions of the globe but has only been available in the United States so far. That may soon change as a job posting on the website of the Cupertino-based tech giant on October 1 revealed that it is looking for two iTunes Canada Music Programmers.
The ad pointed to the specifics of an iTunes Radio full-time job in Toronto requiring 37.5 hours every week. The original posting was later on revised by Apple to show a vacancy for an iTunes Canada Music Programmer.
“The Canadian Music Programmer will be responsible for the programming of iTunes Radio and the iTunes Music store in Canada. This particular role will report directly to the Head of Music for the Canadian iTunes store, and will be responsible for working cross-functionally across a variety of teams including Editorial, Label Relations, Marketing, Sales, Production & Engineering, and more.
The Canadian Music Programmer will be an editorial voice of iTunes Radio, and will be responsible for keeping the product current. This person must have a passion for and deep knowledge of music across numerous genres and decades, and must demonstrate the ability to objectively program content relevant to iTunes customers,” reads the description of the position.
[one_half]The announcement also detailed other responsibilities such as execution of iTunes Radio programming in Canada, new releases merchandising, roll out of content to multiple radio stations, listing new songs, featuring chart gainers, and highlighting the content of the music catalogue.[/one_half]
iTunes Radio is a free streaming service available for iDevices running iOS7.
The qualifications include at least five years’ experience in radio, record label, retail, editorial, or music-related field; bachelor’s degree in communication arts, radio, or media; ability to travel; vast knowledge of Apple’s products; and knowledge of the arts and media scene in Quebec a plus. The said position will be based at the iTunes Canada headquarters in Toronto, Ontario but will also work with the management in Cupertino to identify priorities relevant to the local and global market.
With the entire buzz about the iTunes Radio position for Toronto, the launch of the free streaming service is most likely imminent. In an interview of Eddie Cue with the Associated Press, the senior Apple executive hinted that it plans to bring the iTunes Radio to the United Kingdom soon.
“One of our top priorities is to bring iTunes Radio obviously here in the U.K. but everywhere in the world. We certainly want to be in more than 100 countries,” said Cue during an interview in London. He didn’t reveal any specifics when the rest of Europe and other countries will get the streaming service.