Apple Pushing to Complete Record Deals for Streaming Music Service Launch at WWDC

itunes_radio_iconThe New York Times reports that Apple is still hoping to launch its much-rumored streaming music service at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next week, pressing to complete deals with record labels that would allow the company to announce the service.

Apple’s service, a Pandora-like feature that would tailor streams of music to each user’s taste, has been planned since at least last summer. But Apple has made little progress with record labels and music publishers, which have been seeking higher royalty rates and guaranteed minimum payments, according to these people, who spoke anonymously about the private talks.

While it is still at odds with some music companies over deal terms, Apple is said to be eager to get the licenses in time to unveil the service — nicknamed iRadio by the technology press — at its annual developers conference, which begins June 10 in San Francisco.

Two weeks ago, The Verge reported that Apple might be unable to launch the service at WWDC due to continued difficulties with the negotiations, but it seems that Apple may be making a strong last-minute effort to meet that goal.

Apple had previously signed a deal with Universal Music, the world's largest record label, and the Times indicates that Apple signed a deal with Warner Music Group this weekend. Negotiations with other labels and publishers are continuing.

Apple's streaming music service is said to be a free, ad-supported offering, with the labels reportedly seeking similar revenue rates to that seen from Pandora, although Apple is seeking more extensive licenses to provide more flexibility for users.

Update 7:08 PM: The Wall Street Journal has more on Apple's deal with Warner:

Under the deal, Apple will give Warner Music Group’s publishing arm 10% of ad revenue — more than twice what Internet radio giant Pandora Media Inc. pays major music publishers. Warner’s terms with Apple could pave the way for other major publishing deals to follow.

Apple has indicated to people involved in the negotiations that the service could be announced at its annual developers conference, which begins June 10 in San Francisco.

Top Rated Comments

Walter White Avatar
117 months ago
Late to the party with an inferior product. Good job, Apple.

Judging about something you have no knowledge about.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nalmond92 Avatar
117 months ago
Hopefully they integrate iTunes Ping well. A service like this only works if there is a social aspect... sharing tracks with friends, listening histories, etc

You do realise ping is dead?
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Menopause Avatar
117 months ago
Late to the party with an inferior product. Good job, Apple.

Haha people like you always crack me up, bravo, carry on trolling.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rogifan Avatar
117 months ago
This seems more like follow the leader, rather than leader of the gang.

Ah so just like Google then. :D

Seriously I'd rather they wait and get it right than rush just to launch something for WWDC.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Stuipdboy1000 Avatar
117 months ago
...and it'll probably take forever to reach the UK.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacDav Avatar
117 months ago
This seems more like follow the leader, rather than leader of the gang.

All of Apple products are follow the leader and always have been. The iPod was not the 1st music player, iPad not the 1st tablet. The reason Apple becomes the leader of the gang is because their rendition of these products is far better in every way than what has come before. This is Apple's success story, not being 1st, but being best. ;)
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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