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Apple reportedly planning to launch online radio service by early next year

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Apple is gearing up to launch an ad-supported Internet radio service by early 2013, assuming negotiations with content providers go well, according to a new report.

Negotiations between Apple and music labels "have intensified," according to a report published on Thursday by Bloomberg. Those talks have allegedly focused on how the companies will share ad revenue, while a deal is expected to be reached by mid-November, according to unnamed sources.

However, a deal is not yet finalized between Apple and the record labels. Just last month, it was said that talks with Sony/ATV, the world's largest music publisher, had stalled.

Thursday's latest report claimed that executives from Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group Corp, and Sony Corp. all visited Apple's headquarters in recent weeks to learn about the company's Internet radio plans. Apple's Pandora competitor will reportedly allow users with iTunes accounts to "buy tracks as music streams or revisit what they've heard in auto-generated playlists."

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Earlier reports had claimed that Apple's offering would differ from Pandora by including an element of promotion based on what songs the music labels are promoting in any given month. Pandora serves songs to users based on its own algorithms.

Apple's apparent Internet radio plans were first reported in September by The Wall Street Journal. It was revealed that Apple is looking to create a streaming radio service to rival current offerings like Pandora.

The new radio service from Apple is expected to focus on virtual stations to play music on a Web browser or through dedicated applications on iOS devices. Advertisements from Apple's iAd platform are expected to be incorporated into the service in exchange for free user access.
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iDora

 

In other news, when Apple said "the new iTunes will be available in late October", they really meant it. I'm waiting.

 

Don't tell me October isn't over yet. Just don't.

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post #3 of 14
Not seeing what the need for this service from Apple is.

Pandora already has great Apps in the App Store and the Nano and Shuffle still won't be able to take advantage of such a service.

This could be the next Ping.
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Separate Podcasts app, iTunes Store app, Music app and now maybe a Radio app?

How about all of these in one app for iOS?

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The only way I see this working/taking off is somehow an extension of Genius. If it's just another Pandora or Spotify, I agree it'll likely struggle. The aforementioned apps are everywhere from standalone in cars or TVs too. But it's Apple so they certainly deserve a crack at it.

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post #6 of 14
sounds good to me! keep the quality Apple!
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either there is a new product in the pipeline that hasn't been leaked yet and in which this online radio service can play an important role or this "fantastic idea" isn't worth an announcement.

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Within the last year, I turned on to Spotify. Though I still value the freedom of all the music in my iTunes library, most of which is burned from CD's that I have, Spotify is awesome because I can explore a world of new music with a click. And I can visit my friend's music. What I don't understand, is why doesn't Apple just buy a company like Spotify that already has such a great product and user base? If they do end up starting their own service, I just hope the model resembles more of Spotify's service rather than Pandora's service.
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I wonder if this has anything to do with the lala.com buyout?
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Anxiously waiting for the new iTunes as well. They have 6 days to go.

Why? I'm dreading the day I have to switch to it (when older versions don't work any more in future OS releases). I don't see anything good in it for me (I only use iTunes for music, and the new version's music part is severely lacking in flexibility. Probably good for people who want simplicity more than flexibility, though).

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The only way I see this working/taking off is somehow an extension of Genius. If it's just another Pandora or Spotify, I agree it'll likely struggle. The aforementioned apps are everywhere from standalone in cars or TVs too. But it's Apple so they certainly deserve a crack at it.

It sounds creepy to me - mainly playing the songs that the record companies are promoting, and also sticking ads in there. What's next - informercials?.

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Something must be missing from the picture. I don't see why Apple would be interested being a Pandora competitor unless they have some other mobile device in the plans. Even with iAds included how much revenue could they possibly see from having only the app, even ignoring the inevitable questions about user tracking and privacy if it's ad-supported. 

 

A standalone streaming music service doesn't sound very Apple-y to me if it's not tied to a new piece of hardware.

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Something must be missing from the picture. I don't see why Apple would be interested being a Pandora competitor unless they have some other mobile device in the plans. Even with iAds included how much revenue could they possibly see from having only the app, even ignoring the inevitable questions about user tracking and privacy if it's ad-supported. 

 

A standalone streaming music service doesn't sound very Apple-y to me if it's not tied to a new piece of hardware.

 

New iRadio streaming jukebox?

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iDora

In other news, when Apple said "the new iTunes will be available in late October", they really meant it. I'm waiting.

Don't tell me October isn't over yet. Just don't.

It's not November yet.
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I'm dreading the day I have to switch to it (when older versions don't work any more in future OS releases). I don't see anything good in it for me (I only use iTunes for music, and the new version's music part is severely lacking in flexibility. Probably good for people who want simplicity more than flexibility, though).

It's probably not for me either. I heard that the list view will disappear, and for me that's not a good thing. Just like when they dropped the coloured icons. Because of that single reason, I haven't updated my Aperture; still on 3.2.3.

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