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Sony Music CEO Confirms 'Apple Music' Unveiling at WWDC

During an on-stage interview at the Midem Music Industry Festival in Cannes today, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris confirmed Apple will indeed be introducing its "Apple Music" streaming service at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote tomorrow, according to VentureBeat. While numerous sources have indicated the service will be unveiled at WWDC, Morris' confirmation is notable as coming from a close friend of Apple's Jimmy Iovine and one of the parties involved in the negotiations for launching the service.

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Sony Music CEO Doug Morris (right) on stage at Midem (Chris O'Brien/VentureBeat)
“It’s happening tomorrow,” Morris said during an interview at Midem in Cannes that primarily focused on his storied career in the music industry.

A highlight of that career was a 37-year partnership with iconic producer Jimmy Iovine, who now is running Apple’s music services after the company paid $3 billion to acquire Beats. Underscoring Iovine’s role in the music industry, Morris said he still talks to him twice every day by phone. Morris said the move by Apple to bring in Iovine was a brilliant one.
Morris didn't reveal any other details about Apple Music, which is expected to be priced at $10 per month with a generous three-month free trial period and be accompanied by a revamped iTunes Radio service, but he expressed his view that Apple's entry into the paid subscription streaming market will be a "tipping point" for moving the industry from downloads to streaming.

Update Apple's Chief of French content for Apple TV has shared a photo on Instagram apparently showing he has added Apple Music to his responsibilities.

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17 months ago

Am I the only one here who isn't looking forward to 20 minutes of Apple Watch & Apple Stores statistics and then another 30+ minutes dedicated to this music service?

I'm looking forward to stellar new OS X & iOS releases! And hopefully some other unknown surprises!


2015 Keynote:

- 30 minutes of "Look at our sales, WOW! Everyone give each other a hug, did we mention we love our customers?"
- iOS 9: Stability improvements!
- OS X: Stability improvements!
- Apple Music: "OMG look it's U-2!!!"
- Fade to black...

There. I just saved you two hours of time and months of Mandarin or sign language classes. You can thank me later.
Rating: 59 Votes
17 months ago
Am I the only one here who isn't looking forward to 20 minutes of Apple Watch & Apple Stores statistics and then another 30+ minutes dedicated to this music service?

I'm looking forward to stellar new OS X & iOS releases! And hopefully some other unknown surprises!
Rating: 47 Votes
17 months ago
And next thing you know samsung will
Launch their own streaming services called... Samsung Music
Rating: 38 Votes
17 months ago
I am preparing to be very underwhelmed for WWDC 2015.
Rating: 37 Votes
17 months ago
Under Steve Jobs, a reveal in advance of the keynote would have meant a broken partnership with Sony. The employee who revealed on Instagram would have been fired instantly as well.

"The times they are a changin'."
Rating: 23 Votes
17 months ago

But, does anyone care about music streaming these days? Why even spending capacities on this apple?

I'm sorry, what? That can't be a real question.
Rating: 22 Votes
17 months ago
I'm sure I'll be all excited up until the part when they say it's in America only! Still waiting for Apple Pay and iTunes radio in the UK!
Rating: 19 Votes
17 months ago

I'm sorry, what? That can't be a real question.

It's true though. I know I don't care. I play music locally. I see no use in streaming music. Just buy a copy (online or disk), sync it with your iDevice and boom. You own your music when you buy it. You don't have that when you stream it.
Rating: 18 Votes
17 months ago

But, does anyone care about music streaming these days? Why even spending capacities on this apple?


Um, yes. Like almost everyone? Streaming is way more prevalent than downloads in this day and age.
Rating: 18 Votes
17 months ago
I'm ready to switch my Spotify subscription over to Apple. Hopefully it will be worthwhile!
Rating: 18 Votes

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