Will Radio Be Left Behind On Apple's New 'Tablet'?
Rumors Also Have Apple Launching Music Streaming Service
January 21, 2010 at 5:47 AM (PT)
Rumours continue to fly regarding the new "tablet device" that APPLE is likely to debut next week. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL reports APPLE CEO STEVE JOBS "is betting he can reshape businesses like textbooks, newspapers and television much the way his iPOD revamped the music industry -- and expand APPLE's influence and revenue as a content middleman."
It should be of concern to radio, however, that there's no mention of that media in discussions about the new device.
"APPLE focused on the role the gadget could play in homes and in classrooms," writes THE JOURNAL. "The company envisions that the tablet can be shared by multiple family members to read news and check email in homes, these people say. APPLE has recently been in discussions with book, magazine and newspaper publishers about how they can work together. The company has talked with THE NEW YORK TIMES CO., CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. and HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS and its owner NEWS CORP. over content for the tablet."
Reports also have APPLE negotiating with CBS CORP. and WALT DISNEY CO. about a monthly TV subscription service.
Will radio be left behind with this new technology? APPLE will unveil their plans next week.
New Streaming Music Service?
APPLE executives have spoken to the top four recording companies about plans to offer a streaming music service free of charge to consumers, multiple music industry sources told CNET, which writes "APPLE's managers haven't revealed many details about their plans, but did discuss offering iTUNES users a means to store copies of their music libraries on APPLE's servers. The benefits to an iTUNES user would include the ability to back up music and access songs off the Web from any Internet-connected device and conceivably from anywhere in the world."
The CNET reports says it's unlikely but not impossible that APPLE will announce the streaming service at a planned JANUARY 27th press event, where STEVE JOBS is widely expected to unveil a new tablet device.