No Apple Streaming iRadio for WWDC 2013?

We’ve been talking about streaming music services from Google and Apple for what seems like forever. Google’s All Access finally went official earlier this week, while Apple has yet to announce its own offering. Rumors have suggested that it, too, could be nearly ready to launch, and that news might just arrive at this year’s WWDC. However, a new report suggests that Apple has yet to secure the licenses it needs, and such an announcement is still some time off.

This is a tale we’ve heard before: Apple struggling to get license-holders on board with its design for a streaming music service. In fact, that seems to be the predominant reason it’s taken as long as it has for Apple to get this project off the ground.

Supposedly, Apple’s hit roadblocks coming to agreements both with Sony and BMG. There seem to be a number of problems hurting progress, including Apple’s hesitation to offer to pay royalties in advance, and the details of the service itself.

The rumored iRadio service would be more Pandora-like than resembling Spotify, yet not wholly without on-demand music playback. As a result, Apple would need a non-standard license from the labels, and that complication is also reportedly slowing-down negotiations.

Chances are Apple will work all this out at some point, but it may be unlikely for everything to be resolved in time for the WWDC in June.

Source: The Verge

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