Hard facts are still elusive, but the first sign of Apple’s future streaming service comes from 9 To 5 Mac citing “multiple sources within Apple and the music industry.”
Here are the rumors:
The standalone Beats Music apps, logo, and brand will disappear and be integrated into Apple’s, still unnamed, streaming service.
The new service will be based on Beats Music technologies but the interface design will be all Apple.
Apple will “deeply integrate” Beats into iOS, iTunes, and Apple TV.
An Android app will be available, but no Windows Phone version. Web browsers will also be left behind from the new service.
The user’s music library will be the starting point for the new service.
Sources say $7.99 per month is the price under consideration.
The launch for the new service might be in June at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
The rumor also notes “internal problems” within Apple – personnel changes, development, and integration of the new service cited as challenging.
So that is the latest… rumor. Slightly over a year after Beats Music launched (January 21, 2014), the path forward is evolving and Beats Music as a separate business may be coming to an end.