Tech giant Apple is planning to launch a music streaming service- it’s now an open secret thanks to its purchase of Beats Music. According to industry sources, the announcement of Cupertino’s online music service would come at its WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in June. But what is a secret so far, is that how much it would cost to listen to music on Apple’s streaming service.
The iPhone maker is still negotiating with music related parties to get a smooth kick off. It is also defining its pricing strategies in the meantime. And now Recode reports it has learnt that Apple will offer some free music with the upcoming streaming service. Previously we have seen in several reports that the service would cost about $8 per month. According to Recode’s sources, there will be a trial offer which may invite you to enjoy free streaming for up to three months. This time period depends on the Cupertino’s negotiations with music companies, however.
Apple might allow people to upload their songs as samples which will be accessible without any subscription. This feature will work somewhat like SoundCloud, the streaming service that is also described as the ‘YouTube for Audio’.
Recode also writes that a new version of iTunes Radio will feature human-programmed stations to offer a more intelligent and localized mix of tracks.
However, Apple reportedly does not want to provide unlimited free on-demand streaming what competitors like YouTube and Spotify do. In a meeting with music industry figures, Apple argued that on free streaming service, ads would not generate enough revenue for the industry.
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was not interested in music streaming market, and he focused on iTunes store to sale music downloads. But the current CEO Tim Cook took streaming music seriously by purchasing Beats for $3 billion.
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