Apple is "Pushing Hard" For a Summer iRadio Launch
Apple has been rumored to be making an iRadio for quite some time now. The iRadio is rumored to be like Pandora where you enter an artist, song, or album and it plays songs like the keyword you entered.
Previous reports say that Apple was going for a 2013 release of the radio, and a new report says that Apple is “pushing hard” for a summer launch (which we are guessing will come with iOS 7).
When The Verge was reporting about the financial battles between record labels and Pandora, they said:
Sources say that the labels believe web radio is bigger than Pandora and the market will expand soon. Apple is coming.
Now multiple music industry insiders have told The Verge that significant progress has been made in the talks with two of the top labels: Universal and Warner. One of the sources said “iRadio is coming. There’s no doubt about it anymore.” Apple is pushing hard for a summertime launch.
The New York Post reported earlier this month that Apple was trying to lowball the labels so they would only have to pay half the fees that Pandora pays to stream songs.