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Is Apple Closer to Launching 'iRadio' Streaming Service?

By - Source: via The Verge | B 24 comments

What have you got up your sleeve, Apple?

While we talk about the possibility of the iPhone 6, a new iPad mini, an iWatch, an Apple-branded TV and more, talk of a new piece of software from Aplpe is gaining traction.

According to the Verge's sources, Apple is well on its way to setting up its own radio streaming service to rival the likes of Spotify and Pandora. This isnt the first time we've heard talk of such a project from Apple but the Verge quotes one source as saying there's no doubt that 'iRadio is coming.' Another said Apple has made 'significant progress' in its talks with Universal and Warner. Cooperation from major labels is a must if Apple is going to get a music streaming service off the ground.

Reports suggest Apple may launch this iRadio service before the year is out. The service, if real, would complement Apple's iTunes, which sells songs, movies, and TV episodes, quite well. Not only that, but Apple would likely work iRadio integration into iOS, meaning users of iPods, iPhones, and iPads could possibly access songs on demand without having to first purchase and download them to their computer.

No word on pricing or plans, but we'll keep you posted on any interesting developments.

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    del35 , March 30, 2013 10:21 AM
    who cares!!!!
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    blackmancer , March 30, 2013 11:02 AM
    streaming radio over the internet, what will they think of next!
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    slomo4sho , March 30, 2013 11:56 AM
    Apple... innovation mimicry at its finest.

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    wildkitten , March 30, 2013 12:20 PM
    del35who cares!!!!

    You apparently do.
    blackmancerstreaming radio over the internet, what will they think of next!

    slomo4shoApple... innovation mimicry at its finest.

    Do you ridicule GM or Toyota for making cars rather than let Ford or Mercedes make all of them? Or is it only Apple that gets bashed for doing something someone else has already done? Let's face it, if that was the case, we would have only one radio station, one TV network and such. Choice is good. There is nothing wrong with Apple doing this and it complements their existing services quite well.

    I do hope they offer an Android version of this. Choice is always a good thing and competition spurs increased innovation, and it would be no different than how they made iTunes for Windows or how Google makes apps for iOS.
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    CheesyHotDogPuff , March 30, 2013 12:25 PM
    And they will probably charge $30 bucks a month for it.
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    leon2006 , March 30, 2013 1:11 PM
    That is contrary to the itunes business model...This is just media rumors...
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    otacon72 , March 30, 2013 1:39 PM
    del35who cares!!!!


    You do for posting a stupid comment.
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    otacon72 , March 30, 2013 1:41 PM
    wildkittenYou apparently do.Do you ridicule GM or Toyota for making cars rather than let Ford or Mercedes make all of them? Or is it only Apple that gets bashed for doing something someone else has already done? Let's face it, if that was the case, we would have only one radio station, one TV network and such. Choice is good. There is nothing wrong with Apple doing this and it complements their existing services quite well.I do hope they offer an Android version of this. Choice is always a good thing and competition spurs increased innovation, and it would be no different than how they made iTunes for Windows or how Google makes apps for iOS.


    Don't say any positive about Apple in here...the Android fanboys will thumb you down..lol
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    analington , March 30, 2013 1:46 PM
    eyeFone, eyePoke, eyePatch and now the eyeRadiant, I am getting more iPissed...
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    AndroidWon , March 30, 2013 2:13 PM

    otacon72 03/30/2013 1:41 PM

    Don't say any positive about Apple in here...the Android fanboys will thumb you down..lol

    Says the apple iDrone who slams ANYTHING that is not Apple. Let me guess...you are a white christian male from the south and you are right wing? You guys are the dumbest on the planet!
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    nuvon , March 30, 2013 2:24 PM
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    Says the apple iDrone who slams ANYTHING that is not Apple. Let me guess...you are a white christian male from the south and you are right wing? You guys are the dumbest on the planet![/quote

    I think you are the dumbest, not them, for making this kind of stupid, completely irrelevant comment.
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    del35 , March 30, 2013 3:05 PM
    Streaming radio over the internet is truly a brilliant idea. Go get a life iCrap!!!
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    otacon72 , March 30, 2013 3:24 PM
    AndroidWonotacon72 03/30/2013 1:41 PMDon't say any positive about Apple in here...the Android fanboys will thumb you down..lol Says the apple iDrone who slams ANYTHING that is not Apple. Let me guess...you are a white christian male from the south and you are right wing? You guys are the dumbest on the planet!


    Thank you for proving my point with such a dumb comment. It's too easy...
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    ericburnby , March 30, 2013 4:29 PM
    del35who cares!!!!


    Who cares? How about Spotify and all the others who will now competing with Apple and its 500 million iTunes accounts (all with credit cards attached for easy purchasing). You better believe they care a great deal.
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    wildkitten , March 30, 2013 6:30 PM
    leon2006That is contrary to the itunes business model...This is just media rumors...

    How is this contrary to the iTunes business model? Anyone with common sense can see it's a great fit for iTunes. A player could be built right into the program, then you have your app, an Android app, as well as WP8 app if they're smart about it, and especially if they build in the functionality of purchasing songs right through the app.

    In fact, if they build in the function to buy the song through iTunes through the app, they could do this for a lot less than the other services charge as iTunes could subsidize it.
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    wildkitten , March 30, 2013 6:32 PM
    otacon72Don't say any positive about Apple in here...the Android fanboys will thumb you down..lol

    I don't worry about the silly fan kiddies on both sides. I have an Android phone and tablet (Droid Bionic and the Asus tf300t) as well as an iPod touch 4th gen and 5th gen and those are essentially iPhones without the phone radio. Each OS has it's strengths and weaknesses and only the blind on both sides think one is obviously better than the other.
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    olaf , March 30, 2013 9:01 PM
    wildkittenI don't worry about the silly fan kiddies on both sides. I have an Android phone and tablet (Droid Bionic and the Asus tf300t) as well as an iPod touch 4th gen and 5th gen and those are essentially iPhones without the phone radio. Each OS has it's strengths and weaknesses and only the blind on both sides think one is obviously better than the other.

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    Cons29 , March 30, 2013 10:36 PM
    i don't mind if they do something that is already existing, just DONT CLAIM THAT YOU INVENTED IT.

    i can hear it now, they will broadcast repeating messages to continue the brainwashing :) 
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