Apple's streaming music service delayed by licensing negotiations with Sony
The slow negotiations have forced Apple to pull back from a hoped for February launch around the time of the Grammy Awards, to a more realistic launch set for this Summer. Those insiders familiar with Apple's plans say that the company wants to offer an app, dubbed iRadio, that will provide free streaming music that will be supported financially by ads running on the iAds platform.
Apple seeks to compete with Pandora, which is the second most downloaded app of all time with over 65 million users (number one for those who must know, is Facebook). While rumors of a streaming music service offered by Apple have come and gone before, hidden icons found last month inside iOS 6.1 running on an Apple iPad have stirred the speculative pot once more. But this time, it looks like this is for real.
source: NewYorkTimes via Engadget
1. ama3654 (Posts: 249; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)
you forgot to mention the part where Apple was offering a ridiculously lower pay scheme than Spotify and other competitors in the space. You people love to spread half truths that only benefit or at least diminish Apple's reputation. Try offering the whole story next time ok?
3. ama3654 (Posts: 249; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)
correction: Don't diminish Apple's reputation*
2. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
well that's not so surprising. sony has their own streaming services like video and music unlimited.owning a lot of media content including music and movies makes it no surprise that they want to stop Apple well at least slow them.
sony has already been pushing for greater integration with their media streaming services planned for the PlayStation 4 and the other devices like smartphones.
5. tedkord (Posts: 4268; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
This is a perfect example of why Apple's FRAND negotiations are such a mess. Apple doesn't want to pay fair and reasonable.