Report: Apple Closer To Cloud-Based Service
April 22, 2011 at 4:04 AM (PT)
Since the news last month (NET NEWS 3/31) that AMAZON.COM had launched their cloud-based music player, and beat APPLE and GOOGLE to the punch, everyone has been waiting for the counter-punch -- and now APPLE INSIDER reports, "APPLE has succeeded in procuring deals with at least two of the four big music labels in the last two months, possibly signaling that the rumored iTUNES streaming music service is imminent."
The report has APPLE VP EDDY CUE in New York TODAY (4/22), looking to solidify remaining deals.
APPLE INSIDER quotes PETER KAFKA of ALL THINGS DIGITAL, who writes that record execs have been impressed with APPLE, "They’ve been very aggressive and thoughtful about it. It feels like they want to go pretty soon." KAFKA also reported that "APPLE would be able to create a more 'robust service' than AMAZON with re-negotiated licenses. That service could include 'better user interfaces, sound quality, and other features."