iRadio — Apple's Music Streaming Service Expected This Summer

Apple has plans to launch a new music streaming service this summer, according to many reports last week. A detailed account from CNET said Apple is close to signing deals with two music labels: Warner Music and Universal Music Group.

The tech site says the service will be most like Pandora, which lets you create free radio stations for a particular kind of music but doesn't offer specific songs on demand. 

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But CNET says Apple will be adding some unique features, such as the ability to go back to the beginning of a song and to click-to-purchase if you like a particular song. And you can expect the service to have Apple's trademark simple elegance.

Another similarity with Pandora is that the music stream will be interspersed with occasional audio ads. According to CNET, Apple's service will be free, paid for in part by sharing revenue from ad sales with the record labels and by selling more songs in the iTunes Store. 

According to the CNET article, Apple is hoping to not only roll out the service in the United States this summer but also quickly to as many as a dozen countries, including the U.K, France, Germany, Australia, and Japan. 

Streaming and subscription music services have become extremely popular, so it's no surprise that Apple will be introducing a service for its iOS devices. In addition to Pandora, Slacker also offers a free genre-based stream based on your preferences. Spotify and Rdio offer subscription services that let you listen to just your favorite songs for a monthly fee.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.