Apple Continues to Prep for iRadio Launch Next Week, Signs Sony Publishing

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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.

    Article Link: Apple Continues to Prep for iRadio Launch Next Week, Signs Sony Publishing
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    New York City
  3. macrumors 68030


  4. macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2010
    Kennesaw, GA
    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! :D
  5. macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2011
    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.
  6. macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    Can't wait. Not a fan of Spotify and it would be great to have something built into iTunes.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2012
    Agreed, hope its not like $20 a month though.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    /yawn. Radio was so 40 years. Streaming radio was so 10 years ago. Bored!
  9. macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    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.
  10. CyberBob859, Jun 7, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2007
    Will they talk about iRadio at a developers conference?
  11. macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2010
    If a service

    1: makes me listen to ads


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

    Then I'm not interested.

    Spotify has everything I need
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2011
    Then stick with spotify.
  13. macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    It will be free.
  14. macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2007
    ...and yet that will still be inadequate for many. :apple:
  15. macrumors 68020

    Mar 1, 2010
    But for the majority it will probably be fine.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2012
    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?
  17. macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2007
    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. ;)
  18. macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2008
    How do you discover new music?
  19. macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    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.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    In my case, I have a account and find it quite useful to discover new music and similar bands or artists to those I like.

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