All Things Digital is reporting that the updates that Apple plans to introduce at next weeks media event, will likely focus on creating a “social” aspect around the site and less regarding a true cloud-based iTunes. Apple plays its cards close to the vest even with the music labels it works with, so the people […]
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New iTunes Store to Be Web-Bases and Offer More Social Features?

All Things Digital is reporting that the updates that Apple plans to introduce at next weeks media event, will likely focus on creating a “social” aspect around the site and less regarding a true cloud-based iTunes.

Apple plays its cards close to the vest even with the music labels it works with, so the people I’ve talked to are making informed guesses. That said, music sources tell me they’re expecting a lightweight, Web-based version of the iTunes store. The new version would be designed to sync up easily with the rest of the Internet and make it much easier for customers to share their musical tastes (but not songs) with friends.

This move would likely expand on Apple’s current iTunes Preview feature, that allows users to preview songs from their browser before launching iTunes to purchase.

Also noted in the report, is the fact that Apple has not yet begun negotiations for licensing that would be needed for a true cloud-based streaming service. On the other hand, Apple could simply be preparing to launch the ability for users to wirelessly sync their content amongst devices, which would fall under current content licensing deals that Apple holds with the content labels.

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