Apple to stream live the WWDC event, Drake and Pharrell lined up as iTunes Radio guest DJs

Apple to stream live the WWDC event, Drake and Pharrell lined up as iTunes Radio guest DJs
Remember when Drake and Pharrell were caught in the act wearing Apple Watch on their hands two weeks before the gizmo was actually released for the general public on April 24th? This should have been a hint about the special relationship they are forging with Apple, and today's rumor comes to confirm the artists' partnership with the world's richest company.

Drake and Pharrell are reportedly lined up to be guest DJs for the upcoming iTunes Radio subscription streaming service, adding to a host of other celebrity performers like David Guetta. Apple is expected to unveil a new streamer that the WSJ reported will charge $10 a month for playing anything from the vast catalog of tunes that the company has amassed over the years. Rumor is that Apple will offer the first three months free, for anyone who would like to test the waters, and then the subscription fee will kick in. 

The WWDC developer conference is next Monday, and Apple is widely expected to announce its music streaming service then. We can reasonably expect a great show with a lot of performers, too, extolling the virtues of iTunes Radio, so we can't wait to tune in for the festivities. The event will be streamed live from the Moscone Center at 10am PT on June 8th, judging from the Apple Events Channel that was up again today on Apple TV, as you can see from the screenshot below.

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21 Comments

1. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Google and Apple are completely different now, really. Google is all about the technology, and going that next step to find the next thing to create an interesting future. Apple is about the media and creating that self-profile, whilst selling off merchandise so people can display their support. It's weird, but it doesn't really feel like they are battling for the same thing anymore.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

Interesting Point... It does seem that way with all the celebrities Apple is "buying". We'll have to see the next iPhone, It's been more than half a year since their last release and tech is growing and being adapted by new phones on a weekly basis as it seems. Unfortunatly, unlike Samsung and a few others, Apple chooses to concentrate on one introduction a year - unlike Samsung that can tack new tech to variations every month. Would rather see a bi-annual release from Apple at the least - with tech evolving the speed today - the "once-a-year" models can get stale for nerd population like us.

3. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

you i think were sleeping all this while. Google makes and implements it, it doesn't always goes much if compared when apple does it. fingerprint scanner for example, Motorola had it, what after it? none... apple implemented it, all now are implementing it, now android m has support for it. look at Google wallet, did it work? now with apple pay, to compete, its android pay. im not hater, i use android and ios both. but when people are ignorant and say otherwise, truth has to be said. apple is creating great user experience overall, thats what theyre aiming for, and with it they make money.

5. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

That's what I mean though. Apple never came up with these ideas, they implemented it. But it became huge from them, because of the self profile and media coverage. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, I'm saying that they are completely different now, they both have two completely different goals. While Google is spending who knows how much money on all sorts of research, and all these amazing projects, Apple is getting these insane amounts of profit, and then sending it all off to the chairs of Apple or buying in some more celebrities to update their self-profile.

6. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

true, i completely agree on this. i thought you meant otherwise from your statement. apple i guess is only making patents and collecting them. but regardless. lets see what next generation has to bring. so far im impressed with android m, wish they release it sooner.

13. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Yeah definitely, the 6s can't just be a minor upgrade this year, screen and camera and the specs inside all need a bump. There is definitely a lag every now and then on the 6's right now. And the Apple Watch 2 as well must be round I think, but with the same internals so they can sell both Apple Watches together, and still get some more life from the current gen. They've stormed the tablets still, imo. Nothing feels as nice as the iPad Air 2 yet, even though I love the Tab screen.

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

It's not nearly as black and white as you make it out to be. One company focuses on Internet services and the other on computer hardware. At times they crossover but its important to note what the end goal is. Google has the luxury to tinker with all these experiments (and let you know they do) because all they need is YOUR information, period. The image Google is crafting doesn't even need to be a rockstar status because all they want is you sole trust. For Apple, selling their *hardware means creating products that are covetable so they can charge a premium. Contrary to what you're saying, they push innovation, really hard. Actually, they push it so much you don't have to see it because all they want is to create products that are so reliable you don't need anyone to convince you otherwise. (Turns out selling reliability isn't nearly as cool at face value)

14. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Not really/ yeah Google are known for their online services, but their hardware is becoming far more common, which was clear in I/O 2015. With Soli, Jaquard, Ara, smart cars and Tango, all of which are hardware based, Google is trying very hard to find something new, and make it stable. They take our info, but have you yet experienced anything upsetting from this info? I love that my internet searches being more personal, and Google Now is just amazing. They push it, but it's not their own. And that is not true. All of Apple's adverts and marketing are based on the new features of the new smartphones, because this is the area where everyone else fails. I am yet to see an ad about the G watch R on my television screen, yet I have seen the same Apple Watch advert about 20 times in the past week, and I hardly ever watch TV. They don't innovate, they just know how to sell others innovations.

12. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

“That's what I mean though. Apple never came up with these ideas, they implemented it. But it became huge from them, because of the self profile and media coverage.” That, and vastly better implementations.

16. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

These two companies have totally different business models and that is why it does not seem that they are battling for the same thing anymore. I do not think they ever were. Other than competing mobile operating systems, they are two totally different companies and make their money quite differently. As for Apple being all about the media, all of these companies are. All of them use the media to showcase their new products and give details on their future road maps. Drake and Pharrell are popular music artists so why not use their likeness to push the introduction of their new streaming "music" service?

19. waddup121 unregistered

oooh nice!

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Shameless consumerism. I don't blame Drake and Pharrell, talentless wastes of space they are (gotta make a buck, right?). Hell, I don't even blame Apple. I blame the morons that buy into anything that's new and popular. I blame the f$^kwits that give more youtube views Justin Beiber or Beyonce than the Beatles or Pink Floyd. And more views of Limp Bizkit's aural rape of "Behind Blue Eyes" than the Who's original version. News flash: S#itty music sucks. Good music endures. In the year 2525 (if mankind is still alive), people won't be looking back on the music of this era and extolling the timeless virtues of crap like Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, One Direction, Pitbull, or Gerardo. They'll be listening to Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, The Who, the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, and the motherF@#$%ing Beatles. As well as cinematic composers like Howard Shore, Michael Kamen, John Williams, and Hanz Zimmerman. And Carl Starling (look him up). Right along side Brahms, Bach, Bethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, Wagner, and Copland. Apple might make a few bucks from this. Whatever. Bad music is still bad music, and won't stand the test of time. I don't know where I'm going with this rant. My point, I guess, is that a few years after the fact you no longer hear Taylor Swift's latest breakup song or that song by Ke$ha on the radio, but tune in to any classic rock station and you'll likely hear "Aqualung" or Black Dog" or "Holy Diver" or "Handle with Care". What does this have to do with Apple's late-to-the-party music streaming service? I don't know. For all I know it could be good. But Drake and Pharrell are crap. They're gettin paid, so they don't care. iDiots give a crap, so Apple doesn't care, as long as they get their profits. Plus I've been drinking a lot.

9. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Please don't drink too often, sir (good point tho)

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Working on that...

15. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Cry me a river. Its just not your type of music. More of a generational thing than anything else. Just like there are classic rock stations, there will be classic hip-hop stations that start to pop-up as well. In fact, the Houston area just got one. You are just getting old as we all do and do not identify much with the music. I understand because I do not have an ear for most music today but I really do not think its cool for somebody to call anybody talentless when the artists you speak of are selling records and have huge fan bases that sell out shows and give them their support. They have lots of talent, just talent you do not appreciate. Also, who knows if these hits will be timeless or not. Give them 20 to 30 years in the industry and then lets revisit this.

21. Sauce5 unregistered

I stopped after your first paragraph, because all I kept reading was consistent subjectivism. I don't like Pharrell or Drake, but proper assumption tells me your long obnoxious body of text is all going to be subjective points of view self promoting your own interests in mind, which are mindless and a waste of time to read.

23. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Very true, most the band and artist mentioned in the post were mainstream musicians during that generation. They were all commercial music at that era, only became classic after a period of time. Im sure current artist will go away evwntually and some of them will becomes legend or classic just like every generation

24. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Even hans zimmer were from a commercial band and only after years of development he became what he is today. So just because you dont like todays mainstream music doesnt mean they are sh!t or talentless. I love the modern rock, british invation but I also appreicate dubstep or trap or even EDM. Only time will tell

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

20. surethom

Posts: 1661; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Hope the So Called Live Stream is not on just apple devices as Usual, Youtube it like EVERY other tech company in the world. Apple always has to be different even if it put limits on users experience & viewing.

22. Sauce5 unregistered

You can watch it on Safari, stock Android browser, and many others, as always. Just not compatible with IE and others. Do some research.

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