Apple ‘on hiring binge’ to strengthen iAd team ahead of iRadio Launch

By Ed Sutherland on Sep 4, 2013

Apple is seemingly scrambling to hire a number of key iAd executives in preparation for the launch of its streaming music service iTunes Radio. The Cupertino company is “on a hiring binge,” placing job offers for more than two dozen positions, according to reports Wednesday.

At the head of Apple’s talent search is for a creative design manager who would oversee rich media ads for such brands as McDonald’s, Pepsi and Proctor & Gamble. The iTunes Radio service is expected to be unveiled September 10 alongside iOS 7… Read More


Rich iTunes iRadio playlist customization in the works, patent suggests

By Ed Sutherland on Jun 27, 2013

When Apple announced plans to offer iTunes Radio, observers quickly compared the service to Spotify, and other streaming music offerings.

However, a new patent application reveals the iPhone maker wants to go far beyond a simple ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ to customize a user’s playlist.

Apple’s vision of a playlist connects a user’s musical preferences already part of iTunes, while offering the ability to tweak a song list on the fly. The application, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Thursday, also outlines playlist customization based on such ephemeral factors as how a certain song makes you feel… Read More


WSJ confirms Apple will introduce new music service tomorrow

By Cody Lee on Jun 9, 2013

In what has become almost a customary, pre-keynote tradition, The Wall Street Journal has just posted a story claiming that it has confirmed the long-standing rumors that Apple will be introducing a new streaming music service tomorrow.

According to the report, Apple is poised to unveil the new service during its keynote address tomorrow morning in what it calls its most ambitious collaboration with the music industry since the launch of the iTunes Music Store a decade ago… Read More


Sony reportedly joins iRadio for WWDC unveiling

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 7, 2013

The New York Times on Monday reported that Apple was rushing to close iRadio deals so it could announce the service during the WWDC 2013 keynote next Monday. The iPhone maker had previously signed the necessary music licensing agreements with the Warner Music Group in June and with Universal Music Group last weekend.

Notably absent from iRadio lineup: Sony Music Entertainment. CNET asserted that rough licensing negotiations between Apple and Sony Music have been stalling iRadio talks as a song skipping feature reportedly posed a major stumbling block for the record label. Fortunately, per a new report Friday, having resolved their differences the two parties have now found the middle ground… Read More


iRadio tidbits: audio ads, iTunes Match syncing, no search/song skipping

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 5, 2013

As you may have heard, Apple is now rushing to close music licensing deals for iRadio. And with Warner Music apparently finally on board, the company should formally take the wraps off its Pandora-killer at the WWDC keynote next Monday.

Bloomberg yesterday explained Apple’s ad team is prepping to sell in-app iAds to major brands, which apparently can’t wait to advertise on iRadio. And now a new report by a major advertising trade publication claims Apple is also keen on monetizing the free service by injecting traditional audio ads… Read More


Bloomberg: Apple’s iAd team gearing up for new iRadio service

By Cody Lee on Jun 3, 2013

This weekend was chock-full of iRadio news, with multiple reports claiming that Apple reached a deal with the Warner Music Group on Sunday in an effort to wrap up negotiations involving its Pandora-like music service in time for WWDC next week.

And that trend continues today with a new scoop from Bloomberg regarding the service. The outlet is reporting this afternoon that Apple is revamping how it sells mobile ads to better cater to businesses that apparently can’t wait to advertise on iRadio… Read More


Apple reportedly reaches iRadio deal with Warner Music

By Cody Lee on Jun 3, 2013

Citing sources “familiar with the negotiations,” a new report is out claiming that Apple has finally reached a deal with Warner Music over iRadio licensing terms. Warner was one of the three remaining label holdouts on Apple’s upcoming Pandora-like music service.

Rumors about the service have been flying about for months. It was expected to launch earlier this year, but Tim Cook and company have been having trouble reaching deals with the top four record labels. And now they are reportedly aiming for a WWDC launch… Read More


NYT: Apple rushing to close deals for iRadio launch at WWDC

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2013

Last we heard, Apple and record labels couldn’t agree on song skipping terms, with sources in the know telling CNET that tough licensing negotiations between Apple and Sony Music have been stalling iRadio talks. Today, The New York Times weighs in on the situation with its own tidbits.

The iPhone maker is apparently rushing to close the necessary licensing deals with music companies so it can formally reveal the service “as early as next week.” And with just eight days until Apple’s WWDC keynote, it’s not that far of a stretch to believe the company is pushing hard to announce iRadio at its summer developers conference… Read More


Song skipping feature reportedly stalling iRadio talks

By Cody Lee on May 18, 2013

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… Read More


Tough negotiations could see iRadio miss WWDC launch

By Cody Lee on May 17, 2013

It feels like the summer of 2011 all over again. Both Apple and Google were rumored to be working on a music service, and Google has beaten Apple to the punch by announcing theirs well in advance. Back then it was cloud storage. This time it’s streaming.

Earlier this week, Google unveiled its new ‘All Access’ streaming music service. And according to a new report, unless Apple can reach a deal with the remaining hold-out record labels, it’s going to again have a several month head start on Apple’s release… Read More


Apple still negotiating with Sony over iRadio terms

By Cody Lee on May 9, 2013

For months we’ve been hearing rumors regarding iRadio, Apple’s upcoming streaming music service. It was initially supposed to launch in Q1 of this year, but the company has reportedly been having trouble reaching royalty terms with the record labels.

Then in April came word that it had locked up a deal with Universal, putting the project on track for a summer release. But it seems to have hit another snag this week, as a new report claims that the other record labels are still looking for better terms… Read More


Apple to sign Universal on iRadio next week, agrees to rates ‘neck and neck’ with Pandora

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2013

Another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place as a new report sourced from multiple people familiar with the matter claims that an agreement between Apple and Universal Music on iRadio is “imminent.” History teaches us it only takes one major record until others others eventually back Apple’s rumored Pandora-like streaming music service. Besides, Universal Music is the largest record label in the world. Warner Music is “right behind,” though negotiations with Sony reportedly are not as far along… Read More


Apple nearing deal with record labels, iRadio on track for summer release

By Cody Lee on Apr 5, 2013

From what we’ve been hearing, Apple’s been having major problems with its so-called iRadio project. The music service was expected to launch earlier this year, but a recent report claimed things were delayed due to a dispute with record labels over royalty terms.

It appears, however, that there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel. According to a new scoop from CNET, Apple is very close to signing a deal with both Warner Music and Universal Music Group, and it’s planning to rollout the Pandora-like service this summer… Read More


Apple reportedly pushing hard for summer iRadio release

By Cody Lee on Mar 29, 2013

There’s been a lot of speculation over the last several months regarding Apple’s streaming music service. Rumors of the company working on a Pandora-like service have been bouncing around for years, but late-2012 reports have rekindled the story.

It was initially believed that Apple’s iRadio project would launch sometime in early 2013, but that plan was reportedly derailed by conflicts with record labels over pricing. There’s a new report out today, though, that says the new goal is this summer… Read More


Lowball royalty offers said to be causing delay in Apple’s streaming music service

By Cody Lee on Mar 7, 2013

Multiple reports are out this morning, claiming that the reason we haven’t seen Apple’s streaming music service—which was expected to launch as early as Q1 of this year—yet is due to negotiation woes with record labels.

As usual, the problem stems from money. Apparently Apple is only offering the labels half of the royalty rate that they are receiving from Pandora. And the service could be delayed until the summer, or possibly longer… Read More


Tim Cook and Eddy Cue met with Beats CEO last month over music service

By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2013

Earlier this year, an interesting story surfaced alleging that Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman and Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine spent years trying to convince Steve Jobs to do a subscription-based music service. Obviously, Jobs never succumbed.

But the conversation wasn’t over. Fast forward to today, a new report says that Iovine met with Tim Cook and Apple’s internet software and service guru Eddy Cue last month to discuss—surprise!—his new subscription-based music service… Read More


Bloomberg: Google’s music streaming service launching worldwide in Q3

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2013

Piggy-backing on last week’s reports by The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times asserting Google’s been looking to enhance its Music service with streaming features akin to those of Spotify, Bloomberg today learned from its own sources that the service is likely targeted for a third quarter start. What’s more, Google is reportedly planning to release this as a worldwide offering from the get-go.

One of the people familiar with Google’s thinking told Bloomberg the service would work on both Android and non-Android devices, without explicitly referring to the iPhone… Read More


Google said to be working on streaming music service

By Cody Lee on Feb 23, 2013

This is pretty interesting. Hot on the heels of rumors that Apple is looking to get into the streaming music space, a new report popped up late last night alleging that Google too is working on a service of its own.

Citing ‘people familiar with the matter,’ The Wall Street Journal is claiming that the search giant’s Android unit has been negotiating with music companies to start a paid subscription music streaming service… Read More


Hidden radio buttons discovered in iPad Music app

By Cody Lee on Feb 5, 2013

At the end of last year, there was a lot of talk about Apple building an internet radio service similar to Pandora. But the last we heard, it was having trouble getting the big record labels on board with the project. And the chatter has since quieted down.

But the speculation has been rekindled today, with a new discovery in iOS 6.1 thanks to the recently-released jailbreak. It appears that the iPad’s Music app contains some hidden ‘Radio Buttons,’ suggesting that there may be something to the rumors… Read More


Beats CEO spent years trying to convince Steve Jobs to do a music service

By Cody Lee on Jan 11, 2013

This is pretty interesting. Former chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M and Beats Audio CEO Jimmy Iovine recently sat down for an interview to discuss the popular headphone-maker’s upcoming streaming music service, Project Daisy.

During the conversation, Iovine talked about his relationship with Apple, and more specifically Steve Jobs. And he said that he spent at least three years trying to convince the then-CEO to do a subscription-based streaming music service… Read More

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