updated 01:10 pm EDT, Fri July 2, 2010
Remote iTunes sharing may not have deals yet
Apple's remote iTunes streaming may indeed be in development but is waiting on music licensing deals, tips revealed on Friday. It has talked with the top four labels but supposedly doesn't have the deals it would need. The iPad producer could already stream from a user's iTunes collection through the Internet without a license, CNET understands, but it would need to do more to stream directly from its own servers.
Executives at the studios may not have even seen all the details yet, making it difficult for them to gauge the viability of the deal. Apple couldn't simply transfer Lala's old licenses for remote streaming as those terms specifically ruled out a license transfer in the event of an acquisition.
Apple is thought to be pressing hard for streaming rights as it would give parity or an edge against Google's new Android streaming features. It would equally reduce the amount of storage space needed for music and videos on handhelds, taking care of some of the effect of limited flash memory on the iPad and iPhone.