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Apple Music Streaming Service Rumoured For June

If you hold your ear to the internet, you can hear the dim and distant rumblings of a huge Apple music announcement. 

We were speaking figuratively - best not stick your lobes anywhere near a router. 

The Apple obsessives at 9to5Mac have had word from "music industry sources" that the Californian tech/design/lifestyle machine has been dishing out briefings on its upcoming music streaming service, with a launch date set for early June. 

The yet-to-be-revealed iTunes streaming system will use technology that Apple acquired in its $3 billion buyout of Beats in May last year. The Beats Music service offered users the ability to create custom playlists and access music from a cloud library - much like Spotify.

A US monthly subscription price of $7.99 (£5.27) has been nudged in the direction of 9to5Mac, cheaper than the likes of Spotify and Rdio.

The June date points toward Apple pushing out the music service at its Worldwide Developers Conference - scheduled for 8 June - at which it's expected to unveil the new iOS 8.4 update. This could mean that the service will be pushed out onto iPhones and iPads with the update, allowing Apple to introduce the service to the millions who currently use its devices, in addition to offering it as an Android and web app. 

If it means that the market place for music streaming becomes a more competitive, cheaper market, that's music to our ears. However, should it present users with the growing frustration of having to subscribe to different services to hear 'exclusive' artists, music streaming could become a noisy headache. 

[Via: 9to5Mac]