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Old Jun 7, 2013, 04:04 PM   #1
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Apple Continues to Prep for iRadio Launch Next Week, Signs Sony Publishing




Following earlier news that Apple has reached an agreement with Sony Music for its upcoming streaming music service dubbed "iRadio," Billboard reports (via AllThingsD) that Apple has also inked a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

In addition to signing with labels, Apple also needs to reach deals with publishers. The company has now completed agreements with both the label and publishing branches of Sony and Warner, in addition to signing a deal with Universal Music. Apple has yet to reach an agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group, however.

According to Billboard, Apple has agreed to pay publishers a 10% cut of advertising revenue.
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The majors publishers had looked like they were going to be the holdout because Apple initially offered to pay them a rate of 4.1% of its advertising revenue, while the publishers had been withdrawing digital rights from the U.S. performance rights organizations BMI and ASCAP because they wanted higher rates. BMG, Sony/ATV, UMPG and Warner/Chappell executives had privately said they were seeking rates of 10%-15% of iRadio's advertising revenue. But when Apple agreed to a 10% rate, Warner/Chappell last week signed the deal and now so has Sony/ATV.

With Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Lucien Grainge on board with the planned Apple service, its likely that UMPG's deal could be announced shortly, too.
Apple's iRadio service is expected to be announced at WWDC next week, with a launch later this year. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple is planning to offer the service for free, using revenue generated by ads to support the program.

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Old Jun 7, 2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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Hopefully they talk about it monday
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Old Jun 7, 2013, 04:22 PM   #3
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Seems like a sure thing now....
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Old Jun 7, 2013, 04:25 PM   #4
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A friend said the other day: "If Apple wants to win this war they need to offer iRadio on all iPod's, meaning they need to build an Edge or 3G chip in the iPods and offer free internet for just the radio."

This would be awesome and would make them a winner!
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Old Jun 7, 2013, 04:30 PM   #5
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The music industry will change for the better on Monday. I can't wait. i just hope Apple makes sure to keep it an iOS/OS X exclusive.
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Old Jun 7, 2013, 04:42 PM   #6
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Can't wait. Not a fan of Spotify and it would be great to have something built into iTunes.
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Old Jun 7, 2013, 04:49 PM   #7
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Can't wait. Not a fan of Spotify and it would be great to have something built into iTunes.
Agreed, hope its not like $20 a month though.
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/yawn. Radio was so 40 years. Streaming radio was so 10 years ago. Bored!
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Old Jun 7, 2013, 04:59 PM   #9
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Sounds more like Pandora than Spotify. I think they should offer a Spotify type program for $10/month, then allow you to purchase $10 worth of iTunes music for each month you pay for. It would stimulate people to purchase music again, while not paying more than they do for Spotify. Listen to as much as you want, keep the amount you paid for. The labels get their typical iTunes cut of the sales and Apple wins when someone lets a month go by without downloading their $10 worth, plus people will likely go a little over $10 on some months, which can be charged to their iTunes account in addition to the $10. Or even $15/month and let you download $10 worth still.
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Old Jun 7, 2013, 05:24 PM   #10
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Will they talk about iRadio at a developers conference?

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Old Jun 7, 2013, 06:45 PM   #11
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If a service

1: makes me listen to ads

Or

2: puts up obstacles that stop me from listening to what I want

Then I'm not interested.

Spotify has everything I need
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Old Jun 7, 2013, 08:10 PM   #12
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If a service

1: makes me listen to ads

Or

2: puts up obstacles that stop me from listening to what I want

Then I'm not interested.

Spotify has everything I need
Then stick with spotify.
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Agreed, hope its not like $20 a month though.
It will be free.
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It will be free.
...and yet that will still be inadequate for many.
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...and yet that will still be inadequate for many.
But for the majority it will probably be fine.
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Dont get it. Whats the deal with radio, when I can listen to what I want when I want with services like Spotify? Or am I missing something?
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But for the majority it will probably be fine.
Well, then you get. " I can see this feature set for free. But I'd gladly pay a $ subscription service for features , X, Y, and Z. "It's worthless to me without these features."

Just watch.
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Dont get it. Whats the deal with radio, when I can listen to what I want when I want with services like Spotify? Or am I missing something?
How do you discover new music?
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Old Jun 9, 2013, 04:27 AM   #19
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I haven't listened toy music radio in years but I can see it being popular. I hope it's international and not just in the US.
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How do you discover new music?
In my case, I have a Last.fm account and find it quite useful to discover new music and similar bands or artists to those I like.
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