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Apple In Talks To Launch Spotify Rival, Android App To Offset Download Sales Decline

image from www.maclife.comApple is in high level talks to launch a Spotify-like streaming music service, according to sources.  Apple is also seriously considering adding an iTunes app Android. The two projects are part of a broader strategy to offset declines in download sales even as revenues from streaming music are growing. Subscription service revenues were up 51% in 2013.

"They are feeling out some people at labels on thoughts about transitioning its customers from iTunes proper to a streaming service,"  a major label source told Billboard, who first reported Apple's plans. "So applewhen you buy a song for $1.29, and you put it in your library, iTunes might send an e-mail pointing out that for a total of, say, $8 a month you can access that song plus all the music in the iTunes store."

While an iTunes streaming music service would appear a formidable competitor, Apple's music moves are not always winners.  While iTunes Radio has found an audience, for example, Pandora continues to grow despite the new competition.