Apple again said to be in talks with labels over ‘iRadio’ service

By , Jan 4, 2013

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It’s 2013 now, meaning we could be seeing Apple’s rumored Pandora-like streaming music service popup anytime now. The last we heard, the Cupertino company was having trouble getting record labels on board. But according to a new report, the negotiations are back on and rolling at full speed…

Investors Business Daily (via MacRumors) reports:

“Apple (AAPL) is likely to launch an Internet radio service this year because music consumption habits are changing, BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield said Thursday…

…”We expect iRadio to be incorporated into the iTunes iOS app with personalized radio functionality akin to Pandora, integrated with iTunes to purchase music and other music related content such as concert information/tickets/merchandise via Live Nation (LYV) and Ticketmaster.”

Apple is negotiating with music labels to get access to song catalogs, he said.”

Now, I’m not too keen on just believing everything analysts say. You can never tell if they actually know something for a fact, or are just saying things to move the numbers. But I have to admit, Greenfield’s concept of how a streaming radio service could be integrated into iTunes is fairly intriguing.

Think about it. If I like a song in Pandora, I can buy it on iTunes with a few taps. So why wouldn’t Apple create its own service that one, would drive more business to its iTunes Store, and two, generate its own revenue via iAds? And there’s other opportunities here, such as Ticketmaster integration.

Of course, the real takeaway here is that it sounds like there’s at least some truth to this whole “iRadio” thing. There’s way too much smoke at this point for there not to be some kind of fire. And I for one hope we see something sooner, rather than later. I’ve been wanting Apple to do this for a long time.

How about you?

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  • Guest

    Not really. But i’m waiting for a evolution on the iOS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrianofgmatos Adriano Filipe Matos

    Not really. But i’m waiting for an evolution on the iOS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenrick88 Kenrick Fernandes

    Well said Adriano. Im a big apple fanboy since the 4s. But since i moved to 5 its killing me. The battery life is a joke. Sadly for the first time in my life im thinking of moving to competition :/ aka bb 10

    • http://www.facebook.com/xxLIUZHENYUxx Liu Zhenyu

      Not really, having started with the iP4 means you would have gotten used to 7hr battery over the years, there’s no drop in battery life in the iP5.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      BB10 is a bad move cause rim will soon be gone

  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    it sounds so complicated. Can’t they just release a radio app and allow users to buy directly through the app instead.

  • Suapra

    Would be interesting to see how many people jump when analysts say “jump from the golden gate bridge”…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    why not just put the iTunes app on the iphone and ipad and let us access all this music stations??

  • Latrese

    There’s a link to the iTunes Store on pandora already,so what’s the plus for users in all this?

  • nima

    I’m 16 years old and I want to put some cool apps on my iPhone 5, o I forgot I’m not 18 I can’t use a credit card! Instead I will JailBreaK my iPhone 5, oh there is no JailBreaK… Uhh soo I think the only way to get some paid apps and tweaks is for free is android!….
    Bye bye iPhone!
    This the story of my life! I really love apple and its past but if it needs to keep up it needs to free up its platform…..

  • nima

    I’m 16 years old and I want to put some cool apps on my iPhone 5, o I forgot I’m not 18 I can’t use a credit card! Instead I will JailBreaK my iPhone 5, oh there is no JailBreaK… Uhh soo I think the only way to get some paid apps and tweaks is for free is android!
    Bye bye iPhone!
    This the story of my life! I really love apple and its past but if it needs to keep up it needs to free up its platform.!

    • Falk M.

      There are prepaid cc’s.
      They are available to minors, so use that maybe? :)

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Better not be the so-called “revolutionary feature” in the next iOS; too little, too late.