US public radio firm NPR has launched a new iPad app focused on music. It’s called NPR Music, and is a free download from the App Store. The app streams more than 75 public radio stations, but also pre-release albums through its deals with labels – previously seen on its website. The app also offers news and reviews, live concerts and a searchable artist directory with more than 5,000 artists. Users can create their own playlists using the app too. “We would be crazy not to be thinking about what happens if [radio] were to decline,” NPR’s Anya Grundmann tells Fast Company. “People in their early 20s don’t usually own radios. Our core competency at NPR is audio – and that can transform to multiple platforms.”

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