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What to realistically expect at WWDC 2013 next Monday, June 10th

wwdc_2013WWDC 2013 is Apple’s first major opportunity to build up the real excitement and fervor in the Apple community that has been missing for months now, and as such, expectations are at an all time high. Will Apple release a new iPhone? (No, probably not.) Will we see a totally redesigned iOS 7? Is Apple finally ready to launch that long awaited Apple television set?

As today is our final day of posting prior to Monday’s event, we decided the time was right to bring back our “What to realistically expect…” series of posts which we use to temper expectations concerning upcoming Apple events. (We also currently hold a 100% accuracy rate, for people concerned about that sort of thing.)

Click after the break to get to the juicy stuff – our reasonable expectations.

Well, there's always the September music event

Apple’s “iRadio” unlikely to launch at WWDC

itunes_11_iconWhen Google announced their new Google Music All Access service at I/O 2013 the other day, many began to wonder whether Apple’s eagerly anticipated iRadio service was all that far behind or not. Many have held out hope that Apple would finally announce the new service at this year’s WWDC event, however a new report by The Verge reveals that Apple will be unable to complete negotiations with the labels by the time WWDC rolls around. Apple will be unable to announce or release anything unless they have the full support of the music labels.

In the article, The Verge writes that the reason for the delay is because Apple’s “iRadio” service will be substantially different from the current streaming services, including Spotify, Pandora, and Google Music. “iRadio” is said to be an “on-demand” recommendation system, unlike Pandora which systematically selects music without much input from the user. Such a system has reportedly yet to be tried before, requiring Apple to start from zero in an effort to make terms with the labels, something they have to date been hesitant to do.

Apple has reportedly already completed a deal with Universal Music and Sony Music, meaning that the delay would be coming from Warner Brothers and the remaining big labels.

Source: The Verge

Google just released the

Google announces new music streaming service, Google Play Music All Access


Google has just announced a brand new Spotify competitor built into their existing Google Play Music service called Google Play Music All Access (Google really needs to work on their names, don’t they?) All Access essentially acts as a sort of Spotify / Pandora hybrid, allowing users to create radio stations based on their musical tastes, but also allows them to explore genres of music to find specific albums and tunes. You can also search for specific artists, songs, or albums, a la Spotify, and create radio stations built off of those.

Google Play Music All Access will be priced at $9.99/month with a free 30 day trial, and as of right now will support Android and PCs via a web UI.

Source: The Verge

Warner Music agreement close

Apple and Universal Music reach agreement on new music streaming service

itunes_11_iconIt’s been a long time coming, but it’s almost here – Apple is apparently just days away from signing an agreement with the world’s largest music publisher, Universal Music, on the rights necessary for Apple to launch its long expected new music streaming service, which many have taken to calling “iRadio”. The service is said to have been the reason behind Apple’s purchase of a similar service, Rdio, over a year ago.

Of course, Apple needs a couple more major players on board before they could ideally launch such a service. Universal Music is large, but a service that only includes Universal is a service that might not necessarily be worth using. Luckily for Apple, The Verge is reporting that Warner Bros. Music is right behind Universal Music on a potential pending agreement. Other music publishers are reportedly not quite there yet.

Apple hopes that their new “iRadio” music streaming service will have a halo effect on iTunes Music Store sales. Purchasing individual copies of music files has fallen somewhat out of favor in recent months and years, with consumers rapidly switching to streaming services – such as Pandora and Spotify – to satisfy their music listening needs. Pandora and Spotify both offer high quality music free to consumers with commercials and the caveat that they do not actually own the music, but merely stream them.

Apple will reportedly be paying royalties similar to those paid by Pandora for the right to stream music. It is not yet clear if Apple plans on allowing users to play individual albums and tracks at will similar to Pandora, or if music will be chosen via their “Genius” recommendation system and played at random with no playlist organization capabilities.

Source: The Verge