/// Apple Signs Sony Up for iRadio, Now Has All Three Major Music Labels On Board
Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.com Sony Music has signed on to Apple’s forthcoming iRadio service, according to a person familiar with negotiations between the two companies. The deal means Apple now has agreements with all three major music labels. Apple had been pushing music executives to come aboard in advance of its annual developer conference next week, so you should expect to hear an official announcement Monday. It’s still possible that Apple may have hurdles to clear. As of earlier this week, the company had yet to sign up Sony/ATV, Sony’s music publishing arm. But the gaps between Sony/ATV and Apple were supposedly smaller than the ones between Sony Music and Apple were looking at a few days ago. I’ll update on that deal if I learn more. In any case, Apple isn’t expected to actually launch iRadio at its WWDC event; instead it’s expected to tell developers about the service, which should function like an enhanced version of Pandora — that is, it will be a free streaming music service that gives users more control of their songs than standard Web radio, but less than full on-demand services like Spotify.
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Apple Signs Sony Up for iRadio, Now Has All Three Major Music Labels On Board