Free iTunes music streaming headed to iPhone next year!
Last month, we heard some intriguing whispers about an iTunes radio service, which would see Apple start to compete more directly with web sensations like Spotify and Pandora. Now, those rumours are back with a juicy report that pegs a release on iPhone and iPad early next year!
Bloomberg reports today that Apple is close to sealing deals with the big record labels to introduce an iTunes music streaming service similar to Pandora, which lets you listen to “radio stations” based on artists and genres you like. According to sources, deals could be hammered out by the middle of next month, with a launch coming in early 2013.
The report also suggests that the iTunes streaming service will be for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch only, with no way to listen through a regular web browser. Apple is also pushing for more flexibility with licensing, so you’ll be able to skip back to tracks you’ve heard already more often, as well as buy songs you like to own.
Apple’s surprisingly late to the game in this area: just last week, Microsoft unleashed Xbox Music on the world, which packs free music streaming as well as a Spotify-style subscription service. Would you use it though? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.