Apple Radio Service Nears Launch

appleApple is working to complete licensing deals with record and publishing companies so it can launch a streaming radio service. According to numerous reports, including one in the New York Times, Apple would like to debut the offering at its annual developers conference which opens June 10 in San Francisco.

Unofficially nicknamed iRadio, the service is expected to offer free, ad supported streaming. It would be similar to Pandora, which allows users to tailor the song selection.

The Times reports that Universal has signed on for recorded music licensing, but not publishing, and that Warner Music is on board with both sets of rights.

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