Originally Posted by Blitz1
Well, it seems you'll also have ads with iTunes Radio
That's an interesting point. However, if you subscribe to iTunes Match, you won't have ads. So there is a workaround...
I have no problem with that arrangement actually (subscribing to content), but only if I'm getting a great value beyond just losing the ads. Since you get a bunch of other benefits with Match (mostly unrelated to the radio feature), it isn't a bad deal anyway.
A couple of other examples:
I paid for a month of Hulu Plus not realizing the paid subscription only "unlocked" extra content without removing any of the ads. What a scam. That one month is all they'll ever get out of me.
I pay for Netflix streaming, and enjoy that it has a decent amount of content and is ad free. I also pay for XM/Sirius in my car, also ad free (although a couple of sports channels I never listen to have ads sometimes, apparently).
Vimeo is free AND ad-free. They have a paid "premium" service, similar to the Soundcloud model, but it's the people posting and creating, not the ones watching that need (and therefore pay for) the premium service.
It'll be interesting to see how these services and models evolve. For now, I'm sticking with my ad free 'channels'. I'm so tired of being fed junk ads all the time...