Earlier this week, Apple announced the introduction of iTunes Radio, the company's latest foray into the service side of the business. While Apple has historically struggled as a service provider, the streaming music service promises to challenge the dominance of Pandora . The service will be primarily offered as a free, ad-supported app, but users who want to take advantage of cloud storage for $29 can get an ad-free version. One estimate suggests that at even a small conversion rate, iTunes Radio could generate as much as $1 billion in annual revenue.
In the following video, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses what the introduction of this new offering from Apple could mean for Pandora
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