Information surrounding Apple’s alleged ad-supported music streaming service is picking up more steam. Bloomberg on Thursday said the service might launch early next year. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, talks are currently centered around how to divvy up revenue, and also how to find new ways for listeners to discover music.
To differentiate, Apple is trying to negotiate access to new releases earlier, and also gives users more flexibility over, say, Pandora, which limits both how often users can skip tracks or hear an artist within a 60 minute timeframe. Universal, Warner and Sony have all reportedly visited Apple’s Cupertino wonderland to discuss how best to move forward.
If things go according to plan, the service could also allow listeners to buy tracks as music streams, and also relisten to tracks they’ve heard through “auto-generated playlists,” Bloomberg said. Everything is supposed to be wrapped up by November, with a planned roll out during the first three months of 2013.