Apple completes the set: signs Sony for iRadio just in time for WWDC
The reports that Google had completed its set of streaming music deals came out the day before Google was set to announce what would be Google Play Music All Access, with the last two holdouts being Universal and Sony. Apple has squared things away with a bit more time to spare, but not much, finally signing Sony a few days before WWDC.
announced, but not released, on Monday at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (not that it is expected developers will be able to interact with iRadio, but that's how "developer conferences" tend to be these days).The reports that Apple had signed Universal came out this past Sunday, and the expectation is that Apple's (unofficially named) iRadio service will be
Although sources say that Apple has come to a deal with Sony Music, which completes the three-piece set of major music labels along with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, Apple still has yet to make a deal with Sony/ATV which is the music publishing arm of Sony. Rumor has it that Apple and Sony/ATV were actually closer together in negotiations than Apple and Sony Music, so it's possible that deal is almost done as well.
Apple's iRadio service is expected to be more in line with Pandora than full service streaming options like Spotify or Google's All Access, but we should find out exactly what's up on Monday.