Speculation surrounding Apple's rumoured iRadio music streaming service has been circulating for some time now, but the company has yet to announce the new service. New reports suggest that delays to iRadio's unveiling are due to disagreements with Sony Music over skipping songs.

CNet reports that Apple is planning to launch iRadio this summer, but that the company has hit a stumbling block over some of the service's proposed features. According to the report Apple is struggling to negotiate how much it should pay Sony Music for songs that iRadio listeners skip after just a fraction has played.

Apple's talks with Sony Music are frustrating other labels that have allegedly already made iRadio deals with Apple, including Universal Music and Warner Music Group, CNet's sources say. These labels are apparently eager for Apple to launch iRadio, as Apple's iTunes, iPhone and iPod success indicates that its streaming service could be a boon for the music industry.

Music executives are said to be excited about iRadio's potential for making money, through rumoured features including the ability for users to quickly purchase a song they're listening to through iTunes, as well as a cut of Apple's advertising revenue.


Google has just launched its own music subscription service that aims to compete with existing services like Pandora and Spotify, and possibly soon iRadio, adding to the pressure for Apple to roll out its service soon.

It has been suggested that Apple may use its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on 10 June to show off iRadio.

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