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Russia is going to be among the first countries where Apple will launch its revamped Beats Music service, according to Billboard. The publication points to a report from local outlet Vedomosti, who cites several sources claiming that the company is in negotiations with Russian record labels regarding the service.

The fact that Apple is eyeing Russia for an early streaming music launch isn’t alone significant—its slowing economy and struggling ruble have deterred other services like Spotify from entering the countries—but what is interesting is that it sounds like the company is planning on a quick international rollout.

Due to content licensing complications, Apple has had problems in the past pushing music-related services beyond the United States. For example, iTunes Radio launched Stateside in the fall of 2013, and after nearly two years of speculation on its expansion, it’s still only available in the US and Australia.

It sounds like things may change next month, however. Apple is widely expected to unveil a new music streaming service based on the Beats Music platform during its WWDC keynote. Rumors have suggested the service will feature lengthy trial periods, extensive curation features, and Ping-like social network.

Source: Billboard

  • mp

    Ping was the brainchiild of the late Mr Jobs, yet I ever understood why it never kicked off, considering the plethora of music/social sites. They say timing is everything, perhaps Ping was too far ahead of its time.

    • James G

      Poor execution. It existed solely within iTunes. No integration with Facebook which has been king of social across major markets.

      • mp

        i understand that view, however why must there be an integration with other apps? Having a facebook account doesn’t imply you’re interested in iTunes. Take me for instance, I honestly don’t have nor ever had a facebook or twitter account. If I understand what you mean, it’s spreading the love using a vehicle that most other lovers already use. So no need to constantly change vehicles. So he who walks, walks alone. 🙁