Apple has iTunes for all your music buying needs, and iTunes Match for cloud storage, but one thing they haven’t whipped out yet (emphasis on yet) is a balls-out radio streaming service.
Word on the cyber-street says the Californians have cranked up talks with record labels, and that we could see radio streaming from Apple in early 2013.
That’s the story according to Bloomberg, and sources “with knowledge of the negotiations.” Said negotiations are thought to be focused largely around the sharing of ad revenue.
Apple’s radio streaming service would/will offer users a new way to discover music, generating personalised playlists based on musical tastes.
Predictably, we’re told to expect an iOS radio streaming app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Well, there are, like, over 400 million iDevices out there, so it makes sense.
“Radio is a natural step for Apple,” said BTIG LLC analyst Rich Greenfield. “This helps Apple dominate in cars, where people listen to an average of two hours of radio a day.”
Once all the advertising revenue stuff has been sorted, we might see Apple radio streaming as early as the first quarter of next year. 'Citing.