Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has started sending emails to owners of Internet Radio stations, before the launch of iTunes Radio, asking them to provide cover art, noting that streams will be soon available under the soon to be launched service.

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Apple asking for image files for iTune Radio page

According to MacRumors, emails ask the stations of a very large 1,400-by-1,400 pixel JPEG or PNG image file, which will be attached to each station’s iTune Radio page. The current version of iOS 7 does not support existing Internet streams.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) wrote to the Internet Radio providers that the iTunes Store needs cover art files in JPG or PNG format using RGB color space. It also said that cover art should not have pixilation and text should be readable even on small devices.

Radio stations should contact Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) with their images at [email protected], with a message incorporating the artwork along with contact and station name.

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There will be automatically generated playlists on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iTunes Radio, based on certain songs, genres, artists. Apple is looking forward to incorporating true internet radio streams in the latest service. Internet Radio will be located in a tab, in the user’s music library, in the iTune app for OS X.

There are a number of independent radio stations on iTunes ranging from college campuses and foreign countries, but they receive far less listeners compared to iTunes albums and songs. There can be a change in this with iOS 7’s iTune radio, but it is not clear as to how Apple will continue both services simultaneously.

With the iTune soon coming on iPhones and iPads, users will be able to access unlimited tracks for free. iTune radio is a superb feature that will allow the user to enjoy music without a second thought in mind. In comparison to this service Spotify is launching Expert Playlist.

In the latest development, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched a new beta version of its iTunes 11.1 and Apple TV 5.4, which comes with new features. Apart from this, the company has also rolled out a new pre-release version of iTunes 11.1 for developers that will support iTune Radio.