Apple could finally launch a music streaming service in June with its newly acquired Beats app. In an unprecedented move, a new report suggest it it may even launch the app on rival Android platform.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple is planning to integrate a Beats-powered service into its iOS software and could unveil the changes at this year’s World Wide Developer’s Conference in June.
Apple could launch a version of the service for Android, the same sources told 9to5Mac.
This would be a significant milestone, as it would be the first app arrive on Android devices with the Apple name.
Around half of all smartphone users listen to music on the device. This means around half of all Android users are potentially going to give Apple’s Beats music a try.
Back in 2003, Apple introduced iTunes for Windows. When it did, the company subsequently enjoyed a huge surge in iPod sales and its combined music ecosystem destroyed all other offerings in the space, including Microsoft’s.
This set the scene for the huge success of the iPod, the subsequent release of iPhone and the resurgence of the Mac.
Prices for Beat may start at $7.99 a month, making it cheaper than Spotify and Rdio, according to the report.
Apple will integrate Beats technology into iOS, iTunes and Apple TV using a modified version of the firm’s current Music app.