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Apple's New Streaming Music Service and Revamped iTunes Radio to Debut Next Week

iTunes-RadioApple's much-rumored streaming music service is set to debut at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 8 alongside a revamped iTunes Radio, The Wall Street Journal confirmed today. Apple's Beats-based streaming music service will not include a free listening tier like Spotify, but it will include unlimited on-demand streaming for $10 per month.

Rather than offering its music catalog for free, Apple will supplement its upcoming streaming music service with free music available through iTunes Radio. As has been rumored, iTunes Radio will be gaining new channels created by and hosted by DJs. Apple has made several hires for iTunes Radio, most notably snatching DJ Zane Lowe from BBC Radio in February.

The radio push is said to be aimed primarily at users who are not located in the United States, and has been rumored earlier, Apple has plans to debut its streaming music service and iTunes Radio in multiple countries around the world. Apple is hoping that users outside the U.S. who do not have access to Pandora will use the radio service and later subscribe to Apple's streaming music service.

According to The Wall Street Journal's sources, Apple is fully prepared to cannibalize its iTunes music downloads with its new streaming service and it plans to promote it heavily to iTunes customers. For example, a customer purchasing a $10 album may be encouraged by Apple to subscribe to the music service instead.

Apple has not yet closed deals with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, or Warner Music Group, but the negotiations are expected to be completed in the near future. Because deals are not complete, there's a possibility that the new service will not debut at WWDC, but the WSJ's sources say this is "unlikely."

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off next week, with a keynote event taking place on Monday, June 8. Along with its new streaming music service and updated iTunes Radio, Apple is also rumored to be debuting a new Apple TV set-top box, a streaming television service, and updates to HomeKit and Apple Pay. iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 will also be announced.



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13 months ago

$10 a month when you can get Spotify and Pandora for free? No thanks.

As well as robbing the Artists that take the time to make the music.
Edit: oh my mistake thats the music labels fault.
Rating: 7 Votes
13 months ago
I don't pay for streaming music services, I want to keep the music I like. I'll continue to purchase mp3's and CD's. Streaming is vastly overrated.
Rating: 5 Votes
13 months ago
10 bucks no way I'm lucky if i spend 1.29 per month on music ill listen to the radio for free first give me add supported i would rather that
Rating: 5 Votes
13 months ago
Eh... I'd rather own my music, make my playlists and just use TuneIn Radio to listen to the current, disposable hits.
Rating: 4 Votes
13 months ago
I don't see a reason to switch from Spotify at the moment. Maybe if they adopt some really compelling features.
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago

$10 a month when you can get Spotify and Pandora for free? No thanks.


Spotify and Pandora suck with their free tiers. Why would anyone want ads interrupting their music sessions is beyond me. Listening to music is an experience and nothing should ever interrupt it. If Netflix had this terrible model, it would be like watching a movie and every 5 seconds an ad pops up or the movie is interrupted. Would you like that? I think not.

I get why people pirate - it's easy and it's free. And the track is now "yours". No ads, no crap. Just add to iTunes and that's it.

But not paying to freely access a streaming service that floods with you with ads every 2 songs? No thanks.
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago
If the service offering is on full feature parity with Spotify (downloadable/offline playlists, last fm scrobbling, etc) and there is nearly the same amount of artists/content then I will very much switch over as the integration with iOS should be a lot better. Apple is usually good at anticipating what customers want especially since Spotify/Beats/Tidal has had such a head start.

They've already convinced me to spend $10/month on music, please Apple give me a reason to use the 'Music' app - I haven't since 2011.
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago
i hope this becomes part of iTunes Match, or maybe at a lower price for subscribers... Though knowing Apple, probably not...
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago

('http://www.macrumors.com/2015/06/01/apple-new-streaming-music-service-wwdc/')




Apple has not yet closed deals with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, or Warner Music Group, but the negotiations are expected to be completed in the near future. Because deals are not complete, there's a possibility that the new service will not debut at WWDC, but the WSJ's sources say this is "unlikely."



I would just like a unvamped version of iTunes radio for the UK let alone a subscription service that we won't see for 2 years
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago
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