Tidbit: Apple Planning To Add Talk Radio For Sports, Weather, News To iTunes Radio?

Tidbit: Apple Planning To Add Talk Radio For Sports, Weather, News To iTunes Radio?


9to5Mac adds to today’s earlier report, that revealed for the first-time how Apple will pay the record labels for each song that is listened to by users through iTunes Radio, by suggesting the company could also be gearing up to offer “talk radio” stations for both sports and weather to the service.

Adding to the WSJ’s own comments that “Heat Seeker” tracks selected by iTunes for special promotions are also “exempted” from Apple having to pay royalties, (as are songs that listeners may skip before the 20-second mark), the publication highlights that the report also briefly makes mention of Apple not having to pay royalties on music which appears in “talk, weather, sports and news programming.”

“That could be a hint that Apple plans to bring that type of programming [...] to iTunes Radio by the time it launches with iOS 7 in the fall,” the site concludes.

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If true, the future additions to the new music-streaming service would certainly fall in line well with the latest update to the Apple TV, (which also supports iTunes Radio), notably adding both sporting network ESPN, and news network Sky News, as watchable channels for its users.