Apple chatting up labels for Fanboi Radio: Pandora, boxed?
Hmm, there's a thing, let's own it ALL
The putative Apple radio station would stream music related to a song initially chosen by the user - with song choice decided by an algorithm and the service supported by adverts and available on all Apple devices. Like iTunes it would potentially be available to PC users at some stage too. The labels presumably would get a cut of the income - though negotiations seem to be at early stages.
Apple's previous attempt at a music-recommendation based social network - Ping - failed badly. If the radio rumour is founded, then Cupertino high command obviously think that a radio station is the best way to complement iTunes and their online music sales empire.
Apple's position with iTunes gives them extra leverage when negotiating with the music industry - and the reports say that they are trying to strike special deals that would let them use the music more flexibly than other services can - allowing users to rewind and repeat songs for example.
If Apple do pull off recommendation radio, it will hit Pandora - a pioneer of the service - hard. The Pandora service - not available in the UK - is an internet radio station that works by auto-generating a playlist of recommended tunes. It would be hit hard by the introduction of an Apple-made competitor, commenters suggest.
Apple's putative radio station has also been touted as a threat to Spotify, but the Swedish company offers a different proposition - letting users download tracks paid for by monthly subscriptions and creating playlists - in many ways more of an iTunes rival. ®
Two outcomes possible:
1.) iRadio is immediately more successful and Pandora gets assimilated.
2.) iRadio is less than 100% successful and a jury finds that Pandora has blatantly copied it.
Just kidding . . .
Re: Two outcomes possible:
just wondering... and maybe you might be able to give help here, but when has this happened in the past?
For example, did apple claim they invented the mp3 player and ask other to stop? or the phone for that matter.
From where i stand, they only claimed ownership of the 'way' they did it (interface, design etc) and wanted others to not blantantly copy that.
i think most who have ever invented/designed/created understand this, others, not so.
Any chance you could spend some time and money on an idea and when you have it, send me on the draft work so i can make money? How could you say no to that??? ;-)
am i wrong?
Just seems like a logical extension of Genius Playlists really, rather than a copy of Pandora or anything like that specifically. At least, I'm sure that is what Apple will say when asked.