Apple’s annual WWDC conference kicks off on Monday with a keynote delivered by CEO Tim Cook and other top executives. Following along with all the action on live blogs is nice, but there’s nothing like live streaming video so you can watch as if you’re there. Apple typically doesn’t offer live streams of its events, however it does surprise us from time to time and considering how important Apple’s WWDC announcements are this year, the company has decided to offer a video live-stream of today’s show. Here’s how to watch: More →
A new report claims that Apple has signed a licensing deal for its upcoming iRadio service with the last major label that was holding out — according to AllThingsD, the company has come to terms with Sony. Apple is now said to have agreements in place with the three major music labels, Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony, and is expected to unveil the new service at its Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday. An earlier report suggested that Apple was also close to signing a licensing agreement with BMG Rights Management, the fourth largest music publisher. Apple’s iRadio service is rumored to be a hybrid Web and radio service with features similar to those offered by Pandora and Spotify, and it may also include an iAd tie-in. WWDC is scheduled to kick off on Monday and Apple’s keynote will begin at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Apple has reportedly secured a key licensing deal for its upcoming new “iRadio” streaming music service just one week ahead of its annual WWDC conference in San Francisco. Warner Music, which had been holding out for better terms according to earlier reports, has reportedly now agreed to license its catalog to Apple for use with its subscription music service. CNET broke the news on Sunday and it was later confirmed in a brief report from AllThingsD. More →
It has been widely reported that Apple will debut a new streaming radio service at its Worldwide Developers Conference next month. The company was said to be close to striking a deal with Warner Music and Sony Music to launch its iRadio service, however recent reports suggest negotiations may have hit a roadblock that could prevent Apple from debuting the service at next month’s event. More →
Apple’s negotiations with Warner Music and Sony Music to launch its “iRadio” streaming music service have hit a snag, The Financial Times reported. Earlier reports suggested Apple was close to striking deals with two major labels, and Universal Music has reportedly already agreed to terms that will see its catalog made available on Apple’s upcoming streaming music service, which should be similar to those offered by Pandora and Spotify. Apple’s most recent offer to Sony and Warner was 12.5 cents per 100 streamed tracks, the report claims, but neither label has accepted the terms at this point. According to FT, they want Apple to pay more than the standard rate paid by Pandora and similar services because of its “broader ambitions for iRadio.” It is unclear exactly how Apple plans to structure the upcoming service, which the company seemingly hopes to launch this summer.