iRadio launch delayed: Apple Inc. and Sony Music hit snag in talks

  • Technology giant Apple and music industry kingpin Sony Music have hit a snag in talks to dish out a music streaming service.

    The main point of contention seems to be royalty for songs listened to incompletely or skipped by users.

    Apple's service will resemble a similar service offered by Pandora, giving users added control to rewind and skip songs, according to sources. However, with Pandora, users are able to skip only 12 songs a day, something that Apple seems to want ot extend.

    A deal with Universal Music has already been reached. A similar deal with Warner Music group is close to finalization.

    The initial plans for launch of Apple's iRadio were this summer in June, but it remains to be seen whether this would actually be the case.