iTunes 11.1 arrives ahead of iOS 7, with iTunes Radio in tow

New update adds Apple's new iTunes Radio feature to the desktop version of iTunes, just ahead of when the feature's coming to the company's mobile devices.

Apple's new iTunes Radio feature
Apple's new iTunes Radio feature. CNET

Apple pushed out a new version of iTunes on Wednesday morning, just ahead of when the company is expected to roll out iOS 7.

The software, version 11.1, brings iTunes Radio -- Apple's new streaming music service. That service, which was first shown off at the Worldwide Developers Conference back in June, is also arriving as part of iOS 7, as well as with an update to the Apple TV set-top box.

Along with iTunes Radio, the update adds a new "genius shuffle" mode that Apple promotes as a "magical new way to experience your music library."

Choose Genius Shuffle and iTunes instantly plays songs that go great together. Click it again to hear something new -- enjoying your music has never been this easy.

Other new features include a way to make "stations" of podcasts that are updated when new episodes are published, and that sync through Apple's Podcasts apps on iOS, along with support for syncing iOS 7 devices.

Apple first began beta testing this update to developers near the end of June. The iTunes Radio service itself remains US-only, for now.

See also: How Apple's iTunes Radio will rock the world

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