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Apple’s ‘iRadio’ hits another roadblock, WWDC launch might be delayed

Published May 17th, 2013 3:20PM EDT
Apple iRadio launch delayed

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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.

The Verge reports that BMG Rights Management, the fourth largest music publisher, is  not satisfied with the company’s deal and is holding out, therefore leaving Apple with only one major label onboard at this point.

Apple’s streaming music service is said to be a hybrid Web and radio service with features similar to both Pandora and Spotify, but labels reportedly want Apple to pay higher licensing fees than rivals because Apple plans to introduce new functionality that extends beyond similar offerings.

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is scheduled to take place from June 10th to June 14th in San Francisco.

Dan joins the BGR team as the Android Editor, covering all things relating to Google’s premiere operating system. His work has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn’t testing the latest devices or apps, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.

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