According to The New York Times, Apple is going full-force in negotiations with record labels in an effort to get its new streaming music service (which many refer to as iRadio) in position to be announced, and possibly launched, at WWDC next week. The report states that Apple has already signed deals with both the Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group for rights to recorded music and publishing. The holdout is Sony Music Entertainment, which seems to want a bigger cut of the profits. Of course, if Apple can convince Sony to sign, then its music service will be stocked with all the popular music users will expect, without any glaring holes.
There are no solid details on Apple's streaming service, and there won't be until it is formally announced by the company itself. That said, rumors point to it being similar in vein to Pandora, rather than a Spotify/Rdio competitor. In other words, it will be a radio service rather than one where you get to pick and choose exactly which track(s) you want to listen to at a given moment. The service would be supported by iAd, with advertisements interspersed into the listening experience, like Pandora.
Fingers crossed for WWDC!
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Here comes one more iGadget. TerraTec’s Noxon iRadio allows access to over 10,000 Internet radio stations in addition to your own music library. Stations are sorted by country and genre, and included software makes it easy and compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. There are five preset buttons as well as a speaker unit and a headphone plug-in. Musicload is offering new customers free access to their Nonstop service which features more than 2 million tracks of music. That’s a lot of sound for €229 (~$319.00.) The iRadio comes with a remote (batteries included,) power adapter, and CD-ROM software.
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