Chatter around Apple’s possible plans to launch a cloudstreaming iTunes Store next month has been given a boost by news from South Korea that three streaming music apps have been removed from the App Store. Bugs, Mnet and Soribada were all removed last Thursday morning, with Bugs’ developer claiming he was told that problems with his service’s payment system were the reason. However, local news site Chosun Ilbo sais that Mnet’s app didn’t use a similar system, and cites “industry insiders” as saying the real cause is “eliminating potential rivals for a music streaming service from Apple”. However, with Spotify, Rhapsody, Pandora and their many peers still live in Western App Stores, it’s a bit early to suggest that. Source: Chosun Ilbo

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