Billboard to Reveal Apple Music Plans? [Updated]
MacWorld.co.uk is reporting that Billboard will publish details of Apple Music Service:
- US Music-industry bible Billboard is to publish details of Apple's new digital-music service at 8pm UK time [3pm Eastern] -- but only to subscribers of the Premium Services section of Billboard.com. A minimum six-month subscription to the Web service costs $175 for UK and Europe.
This information would presumably be more detailed than this Billboard article which provides some overview of services:
- Label sources tell Bulletin that the service is an a la carte download store -- not unlike that of rival Liquid Audio -- that is built into Apple's iTunes player. No subscription is required for the service, and tracks are expected to retail for an average of 99 cents. Once purchased, tracks are transferred to the consumer's iTunes music library and are automatically synched to the user's iPod portable player.
MacCentral provides some additional information from the Wall Street Journal which reports that users will be able to purchase entire albums for $10. The article touches on some level of Digital Rights Management... ("The service will also allow legitimate users to play the songs on up to three Macs and an unlimited number of registered iPods, however.") but does not provide technical details of implementation.
Update: Apparently there is no new info in the "Premium" Billboard article.