Apple shuttering iAd App Network, ad-supported iTunes Radio

Earlier this week it was reported that Apple is moving to phase out its in-house iAd sales team in favor of a new publisher-driven system. The iAd App Network will be discontinued as of June 30, 2016," Apple states on its developer site. 

"Although we are no longer accepting new apps into the network, advertising campaigns may continue to run and you can still earn advertising revenue until June 30,” Apple says. The App Network, one part of the iAd platform, allows developers to promote their App Store apps across iAd's publisher network

Also, Apple Music customers today received an announcement from Apple about a change in its fee structure that will make the currently free iTunes Radio service a subscription-only feature. Starting Jan. 29, iTunes Radio will be stripped of ad-supported channels and rolled into Apple Music as a feature addition. Beats 1 will now be Apple’s free broadcast venue.

In the email Apple says: “Additionally, with an Apple Music membership, you can access dozens of radio stations like Charting Now, Pop Hits and all the genres you love — handcrafted by our team of music experts, commercial-free with unlimited skips. Or you can create your own stations based on your favorite songs and artists. Start your Apple Music membership now and enjoy unlimited access to everything radio offers along with the entire Apple Music catalogue.”