This month’s Mobile World Congress show could see a major new digital music service unveiled, according to GigaOm. Boss Om Malik says his sources have told him that device-maker HTC is working with Jimmy Iovine on “a streaming service that will be offered as a default music client on HTC phones and tablets”, and that “could be launched later this month at Mobile World Congress”. He goes on to claim that pricing and other details are still being worked on – if that includes licensing deals, we’d suggest that late February may be optimistic. That said, HTC’s interest in beefing up its music offering is no secret to the music industry: the company was strongly linked with a deal with Beyond Oblivion’s Boinc cloud service last year. In fact, Music Ally’s sources suggest that HTC was Beyond’s big bet, and that when a proposed $100m deal fell through, this was what triggered the company’s shutdown.

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