There’s no shortage of music streaming thingies out there, with Spotify, Sony Music Unlimited, and – if you’re in the States/Australia/NZ, anyway – Pandora.
We’ve been jawing about a potential music streaming service from Apple for almost two years, and the rumours simply refuse to die. After a quiet few months, there are signs – once again – that the service might be imminent.
Specifically, this time around, we’re crediting 9to5mac. The guys have been snooping around in jailbroken iPads running iOS 6.1, and discovered some interesting files.
The files are called “some variation of ‘radio button’”, with icons recalling the old radio icons from iTunes for Mac, which plays host to literally thousands of music streams.
The iPod nanos have built-in FM radio capability, but the iPad does not, suggesting – yes – that Apple’s music streaming service for iOS might be on the horizon.
Interestingly, the radio buttons don’t appear on jailbroken iPhones running iOS 6.1, though the functionality could – needless to say – be introduced with an update.
Bloomberg recently yelled: “With sales of music downloads slowing, Apple and record companies are seeking new ways for customers to discover and buy digital music.”