Song skipping feature reportedly stalling iRadio talks

By , May 18, 2013

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Industry chatter regarding ‘iRadio’ is really starting to pick up. Yesterday, a report surfaced claiming that Apple is struggling to reach deals with record labels because such a service has never been tried before. And today, we have even more details on the talks.

Citing sources with knowledge of the negotiations, CNET is reporting that the labels are actually very keen on Apple’s music service, but there’s a single issue keeping them from signing on the dotted line. Apparently, they can’t agree on song skipping terms…

From CNET:

“More specifically, Apple and Sony Music, the world’s second-largest music label, are still trying to hammer out details over how much Apple would pay for songs that people listen to a fraction of and then skip, according to people familiar with the negotiations. There could be other points of contention as well.

Apple’s streaming music service, which most closely resembles Internet radio leader Pandora, has some features built into it that give users added control, such as the ability to rewind a song and skip to the next after listening to a portion of it, sources say.”

The site goes on to say that the fact that skipping has become an issue is frustrating executives at the other labels, because they see the potential in Apple’s free radio service. Many of them believe it will be a boon for the music industry, and are eager to see it launch.

Rumor has it that Universal is the only record label on board with the service so far, but Apple is very close to reaching a deal with the Warner Music Group. That only gives the company a few weeks to reach terms with BMG and Sony before WWDC next month.

The last we heard, Apple was aiming for a summer launch, suggesting that we might see a mention of ‘iRadio’ at its World Wide Developer Conference. It’s hard to imagine it would want to wait until the fall to unveil it—especially now that Google is in the game.

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  • Boss

    is anybody actually gonna subscribe to iRadio? I personally don’t trust putting a credit card on my apple id a lot of these companies want you to add one like Microsoft and Apple so they can rise you out for micro transactions

    • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

      Apple handles millions of transactions a day, if they did that it would be all over the news.

    • http://twitter.com/darthnicklas Nicklas Lind

      That comment simply does not compute.

    • AndroidSucks!

      Yeah lames and folks who buy anything apple sells … All my music has been free since the 90s ended and pandora is all i need

  • himynameisBLiNK

    if its not unlimited skips i am not interested. i’m sure Apple will be bending the customer over for it too

    • http://twitter.com/aidanharris1 ✪ aidan harris ✪

      It needs to be cross platform too. I do not want to pay a lot of money for something that can only be used on iOS devices and possibly mac. It would need to work in a web browser (or possibly in iTunes) as well as other mobile operating systems. I’m already an iTunes Match user and don’t know about having iRadio and iTunes Match either. Perhaps they will be merged or iRadio will replace iTunes Match…

    • AndroidSucks!

      You will never get unlimited skips lol unless you jailbreak

      • http://twitter.com/aidanharris1 ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I’d also expect someone would develop an iRadio music downloader like the Pandora one…

      • http://twitter.com/amanvojha ★ Amaℵ™ ★☯

        You get unlimited skips on which app after jailbreaking ?

      • Gorgon Phone

        Huh? Oh um i dont kno ask google

      • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

        Pandora. There is an app for unlimited skips, no ads, and a download option. It is called PandoraDownloader.

  • http://twitter.com/PrsnSingh Prasoon

    I wonder how skiping on a live radio works.

    • http://twitter.com/xXR3H4NXx Rehan™

      Before somebody less nicer then me comes and explains rudely, I’ll explain it nicely. iRadio isn’t going to be a service that streams live radio. It will be like pandora or songza where you tell them your mood or taste of music and it will start playing music based on what you tell them. But in those types of services there is a limited amount of skipping because for each song skipped , the company has to pay and that’s what the article is talking about. You are very welcome.

      • Gorgon Phone

        I want the radio features thats in itunes now

      • Sahil

        Ya well but even if apple pulls through this deal.. It’s gonna be paid. I prefer songza.. It’s nice and free and the concierge feature is the best!

  • http://twitter.com/xXR3H4NXx Rehan™

    I hate these type of services. I like the on-demand services like rdio or spotify.

    • http://twitter.com/amanvojha ★ Amaℵ™ ★☯

      But they are paid..you have any crack? Lol

      • http://twitter.com/xXR3H4NXx Rehan™

        I used to use rdio for free by making so many accounts so when the trial was done on one I can switch to the other

      • http://twitter.com/amanvojha ★ Amaℵ™ ★☯

        Haha lol nice idea

      • http://twitter.com/xXR3H4NXx Rehan™

        Yea lol I used a disposable email service so I don’t have to make a lot of email accounts but then I figured that it takes to much time so I started downloading them

      • http://theeyesofmarch.wordpress.com/ Timothy

        Spotify is free…

  • Byron Davis

    Google music allows unlimited skipping, rewinding, and going back to previous songs on the radio feature.

    • Bambino

      $10 a month.

    • http://twitter.com/amanvojha ★ Amaℵ™ ★☯

      Because its paid subscription like rdio n spotify bro

  • http://WorldstarHipHop.com/ Joshua Jones Makaveli

    Use google music not this crap.

    • http://twitter.com/aidanharris1 ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Does it work on iOS?

    • http://twitter.com/amanvojha ★ Amaℵ™ ★☯

      Google music is paid

  • Tony Rodriguez

    Glitch Mob FTW

  • Africanking

    There is a free Cydia tweak called PandoraSkips for jailbroken devices that allows you to eliminate not only the skipping limit, but the ads. So I am good.

  • http://twitter.com/vbnjhgn СёмаГусев

    Mmmm. The Glitch Mob