Apple in Talks for On-Demand Streaming Music Service, Considering Android iTunes App

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is considering launching an on-demand streaming service similar to Spotify in light of declining music sales, reports Billboard. The service would be part of a multi-prong strategy that may also include an iTunes app for Android.
    In January, it was reported that music sales had declined for the first time since the iTunes Store opened 2003, with individual song downloads falling 5.7 percent from 1.34 billion units sold to 1.26 billion, and digital album sales dropping to 117.6 million units from 117.7 million units.

    In recent months, Apple has attempted to lure more customers with exclusive album releases, such as Beyoncé's fifth album, released first on iTunes, and has been pushing record companies for additional deals of that nature.

    Album sales have remained down, however, as streaming services have risen in popularity, prompting Apple to explore other options as well. A March report from the RIAA indicated Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube had generated $1.4 billion in subscription, advertising, and licensing revenues in the U.S. in 2013, a 39 percent increase from 2012.

    Apple introduced its iTunes Radio streaming music service last year, but it is station-based like Pandora, limiting how many songs users can choose for themselves. An iTunes service similar to Spotify or Beats Music would allow listeners to pick and choose all of their content, which could potentially be accessed on other non-Apple platforms like Android.
    Apple's talks with record labels about a possible expansion of iTunes Radio into a full-fledged music streaming service are still in the early stages, and the company has declined to comment.

    Article Link: Apple in Talks for On-Demand Streaming Music Service, Considering Android iTunes App
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Spotify like service would be great, don't get a lot of use out of iTunes Radio as it is.
  3. Yogomi macrumors member


    Nov 27, 2011
    Enough with the streaming music services. We need a streaming television service that includes AMC, Comedy Central, the likes and premium offerings similar to HBOGO.

  4. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    sounds great i hate those radio kind of things as they never play what i want and id rather make my own playlists. spotify in the meantime has turned me into a legal music customer :)
  5. atticus27 macrumors regular


    Feb 2, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    google play music app is awesome on android. I can cache 20 gb's of music at around 2-3 on my phone to conserve space.
    iTunes on android would be a smart move, but the music play store has really good prices. They'll have new albums for $5. I doubt most people will use it, with the price difference
  6. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    I would love to have an iTunes music streaming service
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604


    Aug 3, 2006
    I'm already using google music on my iOS and Android devices. I'm not sure I have a good reason to go the other way.
  8. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
    I still think there's something to be said for owning copies of particular music tunes. Those streaming services are more like rentals.
  9. Nalmond92 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2013
    I do still like owning my content.

    Though would be great if it was incorporated into iTunes Match. £21.99 for all my music in the cloud and ad less spotify experience with iTunes catalogue. Charge me £50 to access TV shows and movies
  10. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    iTunes on Android would be great. I assume old DRM protected music that currently only plays on Apple devices would then play on an Android phone?
  11. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA



    Excuse me while I go laugh.
  12. stuffradio macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    3.5" is perfect! No, now 4" is perfect! Wait, 4.7" or 5.5" is very nice. Apple always innovates in mobile device sizes!

    Excuse me while I go laugh.
  13. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Not the point I'm trying to make.

    The same people who criticize Apple for everything, who refuse to use Apple products, who throw names at those who use iOS and/or Macs, are going to turn right around and become Apple customers.
  14. Gigaman, Mar 21, 2014
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    Gigaman macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2011
    Lol no one said 4 inches was perfect or that Apple innovates in screen sizes. Ever.
  15. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Considering hell froze over once before, in 2003, I suppose it could happen.
  16. stuffradio, Mar 21, 2014
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    stuffradio macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    Go read all the threads about Apple making a 4.7 or 5.5" device. If you read lots of pages, you'll see several people saying they think 4" is perfect. I'm also using a Mac as my only computer.
  17. Gigaman macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2011
    I'd say "meh" for the streaming on demand service. What's interesting is iTunes on android. It's kinda like pulling a Microsoft office on iOS.

    But if Apple does send it over to android, they should pull a google and strip most features/functions like google's done on iOS hehe..
  18. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    I'm happy as long as Apple doesn't buy Spotify.
  19. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    Says you! In Canada, we don't have Spotify, Pandora, or iTunes Radio. :(
  20. Gigaman, Mar 21, 2014
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    Gigaman macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2011
    What does using a Mac have to do with anything??? Anyone can say anything; Steve jobs said 3.5 inches was perfect and that's what made that size significant . You've failed again.
  21. UWF404 macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2004
    They should buy Spotify. I feel like iTunes UI has gone to hell over the years. I think Apple would benefit from Spotify
  22. joelisfar macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2012
    I'm pretty much an all-Rdio all-the-time kind of guy, but if Apple made a similar service with a similar price I'd switch in a heartbeat.
  23. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2005
    Apple released iTunes for Windows to sell iPods to Windows users. The iTunes Store has never been a meaningful business on its own---it's always existed to sell Apple hardware.

    I doubt Apple is seriously considering iTunes for Android, because it would completely undermine the whole point of iTunes. More likely is that a music executive proposed the idea in negotiations, and Apple agreed to consider it. If Apple does release iTunes for Android, it will signal a major strategy shift: away from hardware, and toward services.
  24. Macist macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2009
    Spotify works well for me for bulk casual listening.

    For the music I really love - vinyl.
  25. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    if apple brought imessage over, i'd be happy.

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