Apple closer to launching iRadio
Apple is apparently 'pretty close' to signing deals with 2 major labels - Universal and Warner - to feature their music on their new live streaming music service, iRadio. It still needs Sony onside if we're going to hear interminable amounts of Taylor Swift, so nothing's set in stone yet. But as soon the fug of Commes des Garcons aftershave clears and everyone has digitally signed on the dotted line, the service should be a goer this summer.
At the moment, it's all in the realm of industry inside gossip, but reports suggest iRadio will be a bit similar to Pandora, in that it doesn't offer music on demand. BUT it will be different, because Apple is building a shedload of unique new features, including the choice to replay songs by whizzing them back to the beginning.
So, music lovers, we'll have to wait and see how those big powerful negotiations go. What's the collective noun for a bunch of cigar-chomping twonks?