Music labels will reportedly be able to offer a small selection of songs for free on Apple’s rumored music service.
Apple’s heavily-rumored streaming music service will reportedly lack a free tier, though there will apparently be a free trial of the service, which could extend between one and three months. Additionally, it’s said that labels will be able to provide some songs for free, according to Re/code:
A feature that will let music owners upload a sampling of songs that users could could listen to without subscribing to the service. Several sources describe this feature as something akin to SoundCloud, the music streaming service that describes itself as the “YouTube for audio.”
Apple will also reportedly revamp iTunes Radio, with stations powered by humans, rather than algorithms. The company is said to have hired Zane Lowe away from BBC Radio 1 for this purpose.
Despite reported issues in securing deals for the service, it’s said that Apple is still hoping to debut the service at WWDC 2015, with a rumored price of $9.99 per month.