The service, which will drop the Beats branding and be deeply integrated into OS X, iOS, and the Apple TV, could be priced around $7.99 per month. Other competitors like Rdio and Spotify currently charge $9.99 per month.
According to the site, the service was originally planned for introduction during the early part of this year. But Apple was faced with some technology challenges and the departure of a number of key Beats employees.
And this news shouldn’t come as a big surprise. The new service was expected to ship with iOS 8.4, but that software hasn’t been released to developers for beta testing.
More than likely, with WWDC around just three months away, Apple will package the new service into the iOS 9 beta – which is expected to be unveiled at the annual developer conference.
Interestingly, the story offers somewhat of an update on the long-rumored, next-generation Apple TV. But it’s not particularly good news:
Sources say that Apple is also finishing up work on a slimmer Apple TV set-top-box with a more capable and tactile remote control and a redesigned operating system bundled with an App Store. As of last fall, Apple had hoped to debut a new set top box as soon as this month, but without reports of new discussions between Apple and content providers, it seems that, just like last year, content roadblocks could keep the new Apple TV from debuting until another point in the future.
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