Apple to Unveil Revamped Streaming Music Service at WWDC

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple will launch a revamped streaming music service in June at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, according to 9to5Mac and TechCrunch. The report claims the new Beats-based service will debut at Apple's WWDC keynote, likely during the week of June 8, as opposed to an announcement taking place at the upcoming "Spring Forward" media event on March 9.
    As detailed last month, the purported streaming music service is expected to cost up to $7.99 per month, a few dollars cheaper than Apple-owned Beats Music and competitors such as Spotify, Rdio and Google Play Music. The service will be deeply integrated into iTunes on Mac and the stock Music app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and apps will also be available for Apple TV and Android.

    Apple is developing its first in-house Android application for the upcoming streaming music service, one of the rarer times that the iPhone maker offers cross-platform support for its products and services. Nevertheless, as the release of iTunes for Windows in the early 2000s helped drive sales of the iPod, expanding beyond the iPhone, iPad and Mac will provide Apple with a much larger pool of potential subscribers in the competitive streaming music market.

    Apple is also reportedly wrapping up development of its next-generation Apple TV set-top box that could ship with an improved, tactile remote control and all-new operating system bundled with an App Store. Apple allegedly planned to release a new Apple TV as soon as this month, but the release may be delayed until later this year or beyond until Apple reaches agreements with more content providers like HBO Now.

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  2. ButteryScrollin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2014
    Feels like the new Apple TV has been just around the corner for about 3 years.
  3. sevenseconds macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2013
    time to retitle this site, "According to 9to5Mac."
  4. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
  5. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020


    Apr 22, 2014
    Central New Jersey/ North Virginia, USA
    so that means no iOS 9? If they want to launch it along side iOS 8.4, why bother with 8.4 if 9 is on its way at that point.
  6. KindredMAC macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    For $7.99/month I would seriously give it a thought.
    $4.99/month would be a slam dunk though.
  7. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Will Google get (or ask for) 30% of the monthly subscription fee?
  8. DarkWinter macrumors member

    Feb 29, 2012

    I'm holding back on the excitement until it happens in the UK - unlike iTunes Radio.
  9. BruiserB macrumors 68000

    Aug 9, 2008
    If they do, Apple could set it up so that people can subscribe to the service through iTunes on their computers and then just access it with an Android app. Same way Amazon gets around it for Kindle app.
  10. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    What? o_O

    They never unveil the newest iOS until June. Should they just stop working on iOS 8 at some random point?
  11. Waxhead138 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2012
    Just wait until the new Campus is complete....with no corners things will take MUCH longer ;)
  12. thmsup macrumors member

    May 10, 2013
    So I guess after the iPad Pro, Retina Mac Book Air and the revamped Beats-streaming service already being pushed to some time later this year the apple watch will be next ... srsly, everything you rumored during the last 2(?) days is suddenly postponed. Whats wrong with your sources? :eek:
  13. flash84x macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2011
    Please let it be so!
  14. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
  15. BillyMatt87 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 23, 2013
    So will the music app be completely revamped and improved or will it just be a tacked on feature a la iTunes radio?

    The music app in iOS 7/8 is god awful.
  16. flash84x macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2011
    Shipping the music service with 8.4 means that devices who will be excluded from iOS 9 support will still be able to generate revenue on the new service.
  17. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    8.4 will probably launch in June after WWDC, letting people access the streaming music service straight away, rather than waiting for September when iOS 9 will be released :)
  18. Waxhead138 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2012
    From 9 to 5 Mac and TechCrunch.

    I'd feel more confident if it were more Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal. That being said, I didn't check the sources for 9/5 and Tech if any were listed.
  19. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Wait, then when is iOS 8.3 coming and what will that include?
  20. HobeSoundDarryl, Mar 5, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2015

    HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    High fidelity audio + streaming everything is a match made in AT&T, Verizion, etc heaven. Burn that bandwidth baby, burn it! Fees for rolling into higher tiers? Who cares? "The future is the cloud" :rolleyes:
  21. BigHonkingDeal macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2009
    Fort Pierce
    iTunes Radio sucks..... No need to wait for it :D

    They have no clue what music I like..... I give a list of artists for a station and get horrible music selections returned. Also the way to like & not like music is not very user friendly. Pandora works way better for me.
  22. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    hopefully with a different Ui. idk why but the whole dark and black on pink looks very un-apple and makes no sense with the rest of their color scheme. looks very android <4.0
  23. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Yes they could but why would a consumer want to do that? :confused: It's not intuitive and introduces steps where none are needed. Apple is known for making things easier not harder. How would you market "Hey if you want this app you're going to need to put down your device, go to your computer and subscribe, then you can use your app." That's the antithesis of easy.

    I think the cross platform availability is smart of Apple. I'm pretty sure they realize music services need subscribers and depending on their own user base alone would not lead to a sustainable product.
  24. Karma*Police macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2012
    It'd be great if they combined streaming with iTunes match (including ad free iTunes radio) for one low price.
  25. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2012
    Maybe Neil Young will play this event, and Apple can announce that it will rebrand Pono as the next-gen iPod.

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