Apple Is Reportedly Considering Its Own Spotify Competitor And iTunes For Android

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Apple has been talking to record label executives about launching its own on-demand streaming service, according to a new report from Billboard. In what would certainly be a shocking turn of events, Apple is allegedly considering an iTunes app for Android as well.

“The surprising discussions are part of a multi-pronged strategy to deal with the double-digit decline in U.S. download sales at Appleā€™s iTunes Music Store,” according to the report.

Although the iTunes Store generates enough revenue to make it a high-ranking Fortune 500 company, the rise of streaming services like Spotify and Rdio is steering customers away from the download model that was popularized by iTunes. A recent survey showed that iTunes Radio is already the third most popular streaming service in America, but it’s more limited than competitors.

Rumors have said that Apple is toying with a full-blown streaming service for awhile, so there’s no telling when (or if) the product will come to fruition.

Billboard’s mention is the first time it has been reported that Apple is considering making an iTunes app for Android. Details are scarce, and the move would signal a significant shift in thinking for Apple, a company that designs its software almost exclusively for its own hardware.

Steve Jobs once compared iTunes for Windows to giving ice water to someone in hell. He also said multiple times that people want to own their music, not rent it. Jobs was known to change his mind, and maybe Apple is doing just that.

Apple Is Reportedly Considering Its Own Spotify Competitor And iTunes For Android

  • ANDREW TAYLOR

    If they do create an android iTunes app, then I’ll go out and buy an android phone ASAP. iTunes and iMessage are the only things keeping me from ditching this awful 5S for a note 3 or Xperia Z2

    • JSGII

      Yes. A note and a Sony Android phone, are really going to match the iPhone experience. Sure they won’t. However, you need to wait until the AIR and the PRO come out. Before you rush off, and make a rash decision.

    • AAPL_@_$101_Is_A_Done_Deal_:)

      Do you care to elaborate why you consider the 5s is awful. Honestly, I’m just curious. Screen too small? No microSD slot? Short battery life?

      • ANDREW TAYLOR

        I find the 5S way too small. To the point it hurts my thumbs having to type so squashed up. I struggle to see the difference in quality between its camera and the camera of the 4

      • ANDREW TAYLOR

        I also find the battery life of the 5S terrible. I don’t waste the power, I have emails set to manual, app background refresh off, wifi off when I’m out, Bluetooth off, I only allow notifications from the apps I actually need them off, etc.

        I’ll gladly stop with apple if they make the next iphone bigger, by bigger I mean atleast 5 inches. But I do wish they’d stop trying to make so slim and put a bigger battery in it.

      • PMB01

        Enjoy your mini tablet. I’ll continue using an actual phone I can put in my pocket. Anything with a screen over 5 inches is not a phone anymore; it’s a mini tablet.

      • Will

        People said the same thing when iPhone was 3.5 inches. Lets see what you say when iPhone 6 will have 5 inches.

      • PMB01

        As I told a friend just the other day, I will not be buying the iPhone 6 if it’s a 5 inch screen because I’m not a sheep. In fact, I’m looking at getting a 5S very soon so I’ll have no need to get the 6 anyway.

      • Will

        Good for you. Every single flagship smartphone will be 5+ inches very soon, good luck never buying one again

      • PMB01

        Apple laughs at your ridiculous “phones”. I’m glad they won’t be making clown shoes for phones like everyone else.

      • Will

        Again, they said the same about 3.5 :) keep this comment in mind for a few months and we’ll talk

      • PMB01

        And they made the appropriate jump that didn’t break their rule. I will keep it in mind so I can come back and laugh at you again and again!

      • Will

        I guess they’ll make an “appropriate” jump this year too. Maybe throw in some marketing junk like “we waited to make the best 5 inch screen because of our ULTRA RETINA screens”.

        Exactly the same as bashing 7 inch tablets before the iPad mini.

      • PMB01

        Whatever helps you sleep at night. I’m glad my company isn’t the one you describe.

  • AAPL_@_$101_Is_A_Done_Deal_:)

    I’d like to see Apple buy out Spotify. I really enjoy using the Spotify application on all my Macs. I think the variety of older music from the 60’s and 70’s is terrific. I also like using the interface and there are plenty of special mini-apps you can use with it to find music or create playlists.

    Most of the stuff posted about Apple is usually rumors. I wouldn’t believe but 10% of what I read about what Apple is going to do. Investors are never satisfied with what Apple is doing. Apparently Apple doesn’t make enough money fast enough because investors don’t wish to wait long-term for real results.

  • crateish

    Please. Please. Please.

    I love iTunes Match and Radio. Add in Spotify-ness, and WIN!

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