Apple in talks to create a music-streaming service this spring?

21 Jan 2010

Apple executives are reportedly in talks with executives from the big four music labels about rolling out a free-of-charge music service that will help stimulate sales on iTunes.

Apple is also understood to be mulling a variety of cloud-based offerings, such as allowing music owners to store their entire music libraries on Apple servers and access them from anywhere on any device. Such a move would bring an end to the much-despised model that allows iTunes customers to only store the songs on a maximum of five computers.

In terms of the streaming-music service, Apple believes it would be a value add to boost music sales from iTunes.

According to reports, the service is ready to be rolled out as early as this spring.

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By John Kennedy

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years

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