iTunes Music Subscription Service Rumored For Release - HotHardware
iTunes Music Subscription Service Rumored For Release

iTunes Music Subscription Service Rumored For Release

Apple's clearly a big player in the music market. In fact, they sell more music in America than Walmart! It's pretty amazing how fast iTunes has become the go-to source for music, but it's clear that Apple has no intentions of slowing down. In an effort to battle the variety of ad-based free music streaming services (not to mention subscription services like Rhapsody and Zune Pass), reports are flying that say that Apple is considering a fee-based music service.

Right now, the only way to get music from Apple is to purchase either a song or an album via iTunes. There's no subscription, all-you-can-listen model available. Reuters is reporting that Apple is currently "in talks with major record labels to provide a subscription-based music service, allowing unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee," citing an article from the New York Post. "Unnamed sources" were to thank for the rumor, which said that iTunes head Eddy Cue recently talked with various labels on how they could set up such a program.



If implemented, the service could offer a range of pricing options from $10 to $15 per month, which could stipulate how much music could be downloaded or stored. Apple wouldn't comment on the report, but that's no surprise. It certainly makes sense for Apple to engage in something like this; there's really nothing to lose. Some people will continue to buy music, and others may prefer the rental option. We suspect it's probably the labels holding things up, if in fact talks are still ongoing.
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I got into the itunes store thing a few years back, and got out quick. It's not worth it to me to get a file corroded with apples anti-piracy software, setting limits on how many devices I can use it on, etc... And then they ask for .40 cents a song to convert them to lossless and take that crap off, turning into a normal file...

much more worth it to me to head down to the record store and get a real copy. Also, they need to set it up like steam, where you can recover items if you by chance delete them, instead of making you buy them twice.

theres my rant

Not surprising that they would move to this sort of subscription service. It will be interesting to hear how much content can be download/stored or burned with one of these subscriptions.

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It will not be cheap. They don't play that crap.

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Hum lifeskill, i never bought music from itunes but i did buy apps for my iphone and when i remove an app and installed it back later it tells me i already bought it and i just reinstall it.(maybe its different with music)

I prefer buying music then renting them :)

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Just did a quick search and I guess if you lose your music you can contact apple and re-download everything. I might do that eventually.

Now that I think of it, I used to use the Itunes store when I lived in the middle of nowhere in Colorado. Any good music store with anything less than mainstream was 3 hours away, and the selection of the itunes store was too good to pass up. So got to give em that, at least

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