All those leaks about Google’s upcoming streaming music plans now have some more context: a report in the New York Post on Apple’s separate negotiations with labels for its own streaming offering. Specifically, the report suggests Apple’s initial offer to major labels is to pay around six cents per 100 songs streamed, much lower than Pandora pays, not to mention the Copyright Royalty Board rate of around 21 cents per 100 songs streamed. The NYP says labels are pushing back, seeing higher streaming fees and/or an upfront advance and percentage of iAds advertising revenues in the new service. Separately, the New York Times claims that the negotiations have led to a delay in the launch of the ‘iRadio’ service until “the summer, if not later”. This isn’t just about labels, of course: Sony/ATV is already on record with its dissatisfaction over Apple’s initial offer to publishers. With Apple, Google and Spotify all currently in licensing negotiations (or renewals, in the latter’s case), expect plenty more strategic leaks in the coming weeks.

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