The technology reporting world isn’t finished with leaks from Apple’s iTunes relaunch plans, not by a long chalk. The latest report comes from the New York Times, which fills in some of the details around Apple’s plans. First, Trent Reznor is described as a “point man” for the revamp of Beats Music, “playing a major role in redesigning the music app”.
Second, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine has been “leading aggressive talks to secure prominent album releases that will be exclusive to Apple” – this we knew, although the description of the plans by one source as “Spotify with Jimmy juice” is entertaining. Third, no free tier although iTunes Radio WILL be part of the new service in some form, possibly steered by former BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe with “a more geographically targeted approach that would bear some resemblance to a traditional radio station”. And finally, price: the NYT claims that Apple has been rebuffed in its efforts to lower the price of a monthly subscription below $8.