Report: Apple's streaming service to be unveiled at WWDC, priced to undercut Spotify

Report: Apple's streaming service to be unveiled at WWDC, priced to undercut Spotify
Early last month, we passed along to you a report that said Apple would include its new streaming music service with iOS 8.4. Later last month Apple announced that it would be holding an event on March 9th in San Francisco, presumably to unveil more information about the Apple Watch. At the time, there was talk that the music streaming site would some how be part of the festivities. But that rumor has been shot down.

The latest speculation has Apple introducing the music streaming site at its WWDC Developers Conference in June. The keynote is penciled in for June 8th, which could be when the service is revealed. As far back as last October, there was talk that Apple's new service would aim to undercut industry leader Spotify. In fact, there was talk that Apple was renegotiating with record labels and artists in order to offer service no higher than $7.99 a month. Spotify charges $9.99 a month for its service.

Apple's new iTunes music streaming service will employ features that Apple picked up from its $3 billion acquisition of Beats. The service also will be offered to Android users via an app developed by Apple. The company recently posted job listings for Android developers to replace some who have left the company.

While it still is possible that the new streaming music service will be ready for iOS 8.4, it is probably more likely to be stuffed into iOS 9. The service will be found in the iOS Music app and is said to function similarly to Beats Music for iPhone.

source: 9to5Mac

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12 Comments

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

But you can also use Spotify for free (with ads)....

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

and you can use Itunes radio for free with ads as well, your point?

6. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Spotify has more than just radio, you can also search and listen to songs on demand.

8. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

ITunes has become less appealing since you can't migrate your music using different devices. Unlike Spotify it's more diversify.

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Spotify has cross-platform apps....

7. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

and you can use the windows phone music pass for xbox with more titles, more features and no ads for 4 years now for 9.99 android and ios continue to get upstaged by windows phone

2. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

I wouldn't want a company like Apple dominating the music streaming market, especially not under the name of that god awful, good for nothing brand.

12. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Preach brother!!! Preach!!

3. dimas

Posts: 3240; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Beatstify? Ugly.

4. dimas

Posts: 3240; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Does the name iTunes sound familiar to you? They were the popular internet radio players back then so we can say they've been streaming since the 2000's.

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Problem with Apple streaming is that they're too pop/hip hop centric.....Spotify got you covered from Strauss to Slayer all the way to your favorite obscure Death Metal act ......... If you want to beat Spotify, be as diverse as possible

10. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Well as long as its from apple, it could be for free and i would still not use it...

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