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RAIN 3/22: Apple cloud-based music service reportedly arriving in April

Posted on: 03/22/2011

HYPEBOT: EARLY LAUNCH PRESSURES GOOGLE, SPOTIFY, SLACKER

Apple is reportedly prepping to launch a cloud-based music “locker” service sometime in April, Hypebot reports.

The service will integrate with the company’s soon-to-be-relaunched MobileMe product and iTunes to allow users to store their music online and stream it from any mobile device. The service is rumored to cost $20 per year.

Such an early launch from Apple “places pressure on Slacker to get their on-demand service to market and for Spotify to finalize their US deals,” comments Hypebot.

Apple’s rumored service sounds similar to Google’s coming cloud music offering (pictured left). Google’s service also stores users music online for streaming access anywhere, and is in fact already in use by some Android hackers (including your humble reporter; more from Rolling Stone here). Some have predicted that Google’s service will cost around $25 per year.

“It looks like the race to the cloud is underway,” concludes Hypebot (here).

MOG LOOKING FOR UP TO $30m IN NEW FUNDING

Online music subscription service MOG is reportedly working to raise $25-30 million in new investment. The service raised $10 million in funding last year, All Things Digital reports, and $15 million altogether.

“The big rap on subscription streaming services like MOG, Rdio, Rhapsody and Spotify is two-fold: Royalty fees from the music owners are too high, and consumer demand is too low,” writes All Things Digital (here). But MOG founder David Hyman (pictured left) argues he’s (a) worked out profitable deals with the major labels and (b) new technology, like in-car web radio, makes services like MOG more attractive to consumers.

You can hear more of Hyman’s thoughts at RAIN Summit West 2011, where he’ll be a part of our panel on “The Future of Music.” Find out more here.

APP ADDS SOCIAL GAMING ELEMENTS TO JUKEBOX

Roqbot, a new smartphone app that just won the SXSW Accelerator contest, lets patrons control music playback in public venues. The service lets users vote for different songs on their iPhone or Android device, adding social gaming elements to the run-of-the-mill jukebox experience.

For example, to request a song in the app you need a credit, which you can just buy or earn through certain actions like allowing the app to post content to Facebook or Twitter. Wired has much more coverage here.

LOGITECH SQUEEZEBOX, GRACE DIGITAL LAUNCH ANDROID REMOTE APPS

Owners of Logitech’s Squeezebox wireless music system or Grace Digital radios can control playback via new free Android apps. The Squeezebox app displays song metadata and album art, while Grace Digital’s app provides easy access to over 50,000 online radio stations. Read more from Logitech here and Grace Digital here.



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