Sony And Apple’s iRadio Streaming Content Deal Sealed With One Minor Holdout


iRadio deal nearly complete

Sony and Apple have signed a deal regarding the latter’s upcoming steaming music service (nicknamed iRadio for now), according to a source close to the talks.

The agreement implies that Apple already has the three biggest record labels on board with the deal, as well as Warner and Universal. However, Sony/ATV is still missing from the deal.

You’d think that it’d be a given that Sony would automatically bring on Sony/ATV, but that problem has a relatively easy solution compared to those the agreement was facing just days ago.

According to AllThingsD, Sony and Apple came to an agreement in a dispute over skipped songs. Sony wanted payment for every song played, even if you decided to skip it. That hump was a lot bigger than the one the deal is facing now.

Electronista expects iRadio to be announced at WWDC on June 10, with launch happening at a later date. The service will be pretty similar to Pandora, adding more advanced controls and the on-demand level boasted by Spotify.

Are you looking forward to the launch of iRadio?

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Dusten Carlson
Dusten has written for web and print and currently spends his time working on his upcoming graphic novel. He is also almost 30 and still has all of his hair.

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