Apple to start a Pandora-like subscription music service
Apple is attempting to start a Pandora-like Internet radio service, according to the Wall Street Journal, which says that Apple executives have been talking to music industry players to negotiate licensing.
Pandora is a personalized online radio station. Tell it what you like, and it will create a playlist just for you, customized to your tastes. You can subscribe for free if you don’t mind a few ads, or you can pay to get the music without commercial interruption. If you particularly like a song or album, you can purchase it via various retailers.
That would seem to contrast strongly with Steve Jobs’ view of music. Jobs resisted the subscription model in favor of iTunes’ purchase model. Famous Jobs quotations include ”People want to own their music,” and ”The subscription model has failed so far,” and ”Never say never, but customers don’t seem to be interested in it...