Apple's streaming music service could debut this summer

Apple's streaming music service could debut this summer
With Universal and Warner in serious negotiations with Apple, the latter is ready to debut its streaming radio service, dubbed "iRadio", sometime this Summer. You might remember back in February when icons for a streaming music service were found on an Apple iPad running iOS 6.1. The service was supposed to start earlier this year, but reports were circulating that Apple was playing hardball with the record labels. For example, while Pandora pays 12 cents for each 100 songs streamed, Apple was sticking hard to its offer of 6 cents for each 100 songs.

According to a source for The Verge, Apple is sitting on 'Go'. "The “iRadio is coming. There’s no doubt about it anymore," said the source. Apple will be entering a very competitive arena, but if it can use its clout to get better deals than Pandora, Last.fm and Spotify, Apple will be able to profit even if it offers the service free, supported by ads like the latest rumors say. Speaking of Spotify, that service is believed to pay the labels the most at 35 cents per 100 songs.

It is unclear what kind of deal Apple is seeking with Universal and Warner. Pandora's rate is set by a statute that covers web radio services, but it says that the rate needs to be lowered for it to remain profitable. Knowing Apple, Pandora and the other streaming music services should be afraid. Very afraid. When Apple enters a market, they play for keeps.

source: TheVerge via Pocketlint

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40 Comments

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Streaming music? Apple needs to stream a facelift, and some killer features to ios7

3. Rayanx10

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

this june you all will see that apple got nothing new

15. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Apple will take on all the current free music streaming services, charge for it and the media and iFollowers will call it revolutionary! :/

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That stuff is getting tired dude. iFollowers iThis, and iThat. C'mon man...

18. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

what else would you like me to refer to you as? Apple has created a cult, and like all cults, the followers don't even know it :(

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's true, and I do agree with but are you using that as a simple insult to apple users, which would be the "tired"part, or are you trying to making a valid point?

20. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

first this cult you talk of isnt knew, there are those that blindly follow but its happening not just with apple, look at samsungs fanboys there just as blind second though this whole ifollowers will call it revolutionary blah is old now. i can say the same then, samsung brings out another plastic phone instead of what many cried they wanted on here aluminium etc and they changed there tune suddenly saying samsung dont have to change the build material etc and how can you call darkkjedi a ifollower when his original comment was saying apple needs to step up and change?

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said chaotic and troll +1 to you both

24. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

But Dark is a tech lover not an iFan! He likes techs! He owns a Note2 and an iP5! Dark Appledoesntcom classes you as an iFan cause you use to post and like Apple!

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Troll I think he feels I have to absolutely hate anything apple to be acceptable on PA

21. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

I never thought I would be looking forward to this but I am. The reason being Pandora's recent rule change of 40 hours cap per month for free accounts over wireless. Stupid, stupid, stupid thing to do Pandora. This is knowing the 500lb gorilla is knocking at your door wanting to enter your arena. I dont know the details of iRadio but if it is unlimited wireless streaming like Pandora used to be with Ads then see ya Pandora! and no Im not an Apple follower just annoyed of the 40 hour cap Pandora put in place per month.

22. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

try slacker... not sure why slacker gets no love, i think their selection is only behind spotify at 13million songs... free, no limits and if you pay $3.99 you can cache over wifi nightly needing no internet connection he next day

23. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Slacker has 13million songs and by far the smallest user-base... weird, the big 4 compared:http://mashable.com/2013/02/13/music-services-compared-2/

25. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I wonder why Apple didn't TRADEMARK or Patent the word " i ",,,,! Which also the word i is know as iLLuminati!

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now you're opening up a whole different can of worms bro lol. Applluminati lmao

4. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

They are ironing it under steam press to remove skew-morphism and make it flatter .. that's a BIG facelift :D

7. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

What exactly does Apple need to need? Can you tell me the essential or "killer" feature IOS is missing? I don't usee IOS but there is no doubt it is a very solid mobile OS. As a techy I prefer android, but if I was like the average user I would pick pick IOS for its simplicity and straightforwardness.

9. Jack1192

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

Agree with you mate. I guess people are expecting something really out of the box from Apple. Well I guess revolutionary ideas(products) don't come around so often.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Widgets for 1. I'd like to see more customization too.

31. willard12 unregistered

Why release a new iPhone or new version of iOS? Apparently it is perfect as-is.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Who said that? Personally I haven't ran across a perfect OS yet... Rite off the top of my head I can name 3 great ones though. iOS android, and wp8. All excellent all flawed, and the first two on my person at any given time.

8. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Hope ios7 is a changer! But when Apple and Johnny said they want to keep all things simple, dont expect any big changes! Looks like another let down™®

13. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Johnny Johnny .. Yes papa Do we steal No Papa Telling lies? Yes Papa Open your mouth O Ha! Ha! Ha! Currently they only have Android to steal from. If they can;t even do that efficiently and fast yes it would be a big let down ...

5. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Got a feeling this will be good, with Apple's huge amount of music and money in their iTunes i bet it will be solid.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5694; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hate how iCloud only stores the music you purchased from iTunes. Please allow me to upload my music to iCloud and then stream it.

10. Jack1192

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

For that you need to subscribe to iTunes match, and that is NOT free. They charge $25 per year for that service.

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Dont google already have something like this? & pandora radio too?

14. Aeires unregistered

Apple's constant use of "i" is old and worn out, how about making a more creative name for it.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's synonymous with the brand bro. Let me ask you a question... Do you think Samsung should change the "S" in the galaxy line, now that its hugely successful, and synonymous with Sammy and their flagship brand?

26. Aeires unregistered

I can see using the "i" for their devices, but for every service that gets released is starting to look silly. Are they not creative enough to come up with a cool name for new services? Samsung is starting to wear it out as well, but at least they can say it's short for their name.

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