It should perhaps come as no surprise that Apple’s geographical expansion plans for iTunes Radio are focusing on the country closest to its US home first. The company is hiring two iTunes Radio programmers in Canada, sparking speculation that the service will be launching there soon following its US debut in September. And true to form, after the job advertisement was reported by tech blogs, Apple rewrote it to remove all references to iTunes Radio. The path from the US to Canada has been trodden before by personal radio services: Slacker Radio has been available there for several years, although Pandora founder Tim Westergren famously described royalty rates as “astronomical” there in 2010, when giving a reason why his company wasn’t setting up shop in Canada. Apple has already signified its intentions for aggressive global expansion for iTunes Radio though: “We certainly want to be in more than 100 countries,” said its services boss Eddy Cue last week (Bulletin, 4-Oct-13).