Apple to incorporate Beats music service into iOS
San Francisco, Nov 20 (EFE).- U.S. technology giant Apple plans to incorporate its Beats subscription music service, which it acquired this year for $3 billion, into future versions of its iOS operating system, U.S. and British media reported Thursday.
Apple is in talks with record labels on new licensing terms that would enable it to lower Beats Music’s price to $5 a month, down from $10 a month, The New York Times reported, citing executives briefed on those discussions.
The labels are seeking a “slightly higher price,” the Times reported.
Those talks come at a time when artists and record companies have become increasingly frustrated over the amount of music accessible free of charge on services such as Spotify and YouTube, the paper said.
It noted that American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has removed her music from Spotify because the service was making it available to non-subscribers.
The latest version of Apple’s mobile software system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 8, does not include a Beats Music app.
The New York Times said it is unclear when Apple will incorporate Beats into iOS, adding that the Cupertino, California-based company likely will “roll the product into its iTunes product as opposed to retaining the Beats Music brand.”
British daily Financial Times, for its part, reported Thursday that Apple plans to include Beats in that operating system in March.