Do you think Apple will allow streaming with their rumored "iRadio" service?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Cody21, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Cody21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2012
    Knoxville, TN
    Apple is rumored to release an "iRadio" sometime this year to compete with Pandora, Spotify and others. Now I know Pandora and Slacker doesn't offer a music catalog available to stream like Spotify which allows both a free radio service and streaming for a price. Do you think Apple could offer their radio service for free but also offer streaming of their entire music catalog for a fee to compete even more with Spotify and Rdio? Or do you think it'll just be a radio service like Pandora?
  2. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    Apple cant get the music industry to sign on, especially since Apple is offering a lot less that what Pandora, and the others are paying. So unless Apple drastically changes their offer, the music industry will not cave like they did when apple initially started selling music. I would imagine it will be very similar to Pandora and Spotify,
  3. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    Internet radio - free, lots of variety, etc. I am not sure what iRadio would bring that is any different than that other than being sable to search for content.
  4. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    No annoying commercials.
  5. taedouni macrumors 65816

    Jun 7, 2011
    I'm sure that Apple will get what they want. The music industry would not have been what it is today without Apple.
  6. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    Big difference between now and then. Apple has competition now who are way ahead of them in the streaming game.
  7. Hail Caesar macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2013
    I agree, they will make it happen and in time make it great.
  8. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc would love it if streaming radio can get rolling. Burn up to those tier limits ASAP so they can charge even more than now. "Unlimited*" at its best. I'd be surprised if they weren't willing to quietly subsidize a bit of the actual cost of iRadio just to make it back many times over in people listening to streaming radio and having to step up to a higher tier of data.

    iCloud & streaming + hard-capped data tiers are a terrible combo for consumers. One begs for storing everything in the cloud while the other tightens the squeeze on our wallets. What a combo!

    Now mix in "big innovations" that all seem to revolve around the need to continually stream data (Siri, maps and now maybe this iRadio) and you make some massive corporations very happy.
  9. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    This would be huge for me! I can't stand those pandora commercials.
  10. HiRisk macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2013
    Lets start another rumor in response to another rumor.
  11. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    Apple is so late the the game these days it's not even funny. Who needs yet another streaming service. But to answer the OPs question with another question: Why would anyone offer an online 'radio' service (re: iRadio) that didn't stream?
  12. corys00 macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2011
    Do you think Apple isn't going to do ads? If Apple does a streaming service I'd be willing to be to go ad-free will require a subscription just like the other streaming services require, - For ad-free Pandora.
  13. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    Apple had an even bigger competition back then and it was napster which was awesomely free! I miss the good old days!
  14. Tyrion macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2002
    Yeah, the question is inane. "Will Apple allow users of their music streaming service to stream music?"
  15. charlituna, Mar 31, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2013

    charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think the original question was just worded poorly. Seems like perhaps the real question was whether it would be a 'you pick a general station and take what we randomly serve up' like traditional radio or more user guided where you can tweak it by picking artists, album, creating playlists etc.

    Frankly I'm not sure it will be either. Apple had radio stations in iTunes on the computer and I suspect ditched them due to stats showing a lack of use. Why would they expect that to be different on a portable device. As for the whole Pandora etc, Apple's not really into repeating things unless they can add a value to it. What real value could they add other than perhaps giving everyone all the possible options for customizing etc for free without even ads. And that just doesn't make business sense. Which is an important factor as Apple is a business so whatever they do would need to sustain itself as much as possible. Plus would the content deals allow when the plethora of options they might want without limits.

    Personally I think the talk of Apple creating a Pandora killer is bunk. I really strongly wonder if all of this is just about completing the return on buying and its about streaming as a selling tool not creating a radio system
  16. Tyrion macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2002
    Seamless integration of their streaming service directly into their desktop and mobile operating systems? Looks like a pretty significant benefit to me.
  17. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    I never said I didn't think they would have ads, I just said I didn't like them. I would much rather subscribe to something through Apple compared to Pandora.

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