Apple in talks to create custom music service, says report

The tech giant is in talks with record companies to license music for a service that would compete with Pandora, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

Apple moving past iTunes into a new custom music service
(Credit: Apple)

Apple may be looking to expand its dominance of the online music landscape with a Pandora-like service.

The company is in talks with record companies to license music for a custom music service that would create "virtual" music stations based on a song or artist of choice, sources familiar with the matter have told The Wall Street Journal. The service would reportedly operate on the family of Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Macs, and possibly on Microsoft's Windows.

However, Google's Android operating system would be cut off, one source said, as a result of the growing fight for dominance of the mobile sector between the two tech giants.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment and will update this report when we learn more.

Apple would be competing against Spotify, iHeartRadio and Pandora, which use an algorithm to create custom radio stations based on a single song or artist. They offer paid subscriptions, as well as a free, ad-supported versions and a suite of popular mobile apps.

However, Apple is negotiating different licenses to offer greater interactivity than that offered by Pandora, which limits how users choose and skip songs, the Journal reported.


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