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Hidden icons in iOS 6.1 point to streaming music service by Apple

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Hidden icons in iOS 6.1 point to streaming music service by Apple
Hidden icons found on a jailbroken Apple iPad running iOS 6.1 have led to speculation that Apple is planning a streaming music service later this year. Inside the tablet's music app are some "radio buttons" that used to appear in iTunes for Mac. The buttons use the word "Buy" in the filename, leading to all of this excitement.


The "Radio Buy" buttons

It should be pointed out that the icons appear only on jailbroken Apple iPads, not on Apple iPhones which could mean that the streaming service would be made available to iPad owners only. You might remember that last October, Bloomberg knocked down Pandora's stock by 15% when it ran a story that an Apple music service would be starting sometime in the first quarter of 2013. Executives representing big names in the industry such as Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group Corp, and Sony Corp’s music division allegedly have met with Apple in Cupertino to talks about plans for the service.

Apple's iPod nano has had the ability to play FM radio and allow the listener to tag a song that he liked to later purchase it from iTunes. Tagged songs are marked with an icon. Functionality like this could be part of what Apple is planning. We will know by the end of next month if Bloomberg's report was right.

source: 9to5Mac via TheVerge, FierceMobile

The file that contained the icons

The file that contained the icons

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posted on 05 Feb 2013, 10:00 2

1. zhiae (unregistered)

im not aPPLE User but i came in

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 12:22

5. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

No comment*

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 10:31 12

2. SIGPRO (Posts: 1882; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

Wow a hidden icon damn my world is upside down now......come on is this new?

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 11:50 11

3. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

On Android there's Music Unlimited (by Sony), and WP users can use Zune. For a monthly fee (which IMHO is not so high because with the same amount you just buy 10 songs on itunes) you can listen to whatever you want (and I mean whatever) in streaming, and you can also download music on your devices (tablets and phones) and for offline listening.
Yet when this service will come out I bet that most newspapers and websites will praise Apple for "inventing" this new way of listening to music and revolutionary business model... and I can imagine the press conference: "It's magic! You can stream music to your iphone! It's awesome!"

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 11:50 12

4. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Hasn't Google already done that with GOOGLE MUSIC SERVICE?

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 14:27 1

7. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

GoGoGadget No

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 14:00

6. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)

Take back this old school OS utter waste! We are fond of sweet dishes.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 16:44

9. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 79; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

Isn't the icloud a streaming music service?

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