Apple is set to launch its brand new music streaming service at WWDC next week. However, the internet is abuzz with rumors about a possible iTunes radio revamp. To make things more interesting, the Cupertino Giant is reportedly in talks with Drake, Pharrell Williams and David Guetta for a guest DJ spot.
Industry sources have told The New York Times that Apple is negotiating a $19 million deal with Drake. Although the terms of the deal are still unknown, it is being reported that the raper will serve as more than a guest DJ.
The company is in same negotiations with the other two musicians as well although their financial estimates are still unknown.
Apple’s new streaming service, Beats Music will be a available as a free three month trial subscription. Apple doesn’t want to foot the bill for licensing rights, however, and is thus requesting labels waive fees for customer trials. The company is also asking for free lyrics, the report said.
Apple’s love for music is well known. The company poached DJ Zane Lowe from the BBC earlier this year for expanding its Beats and iTunes services. Drake and Pharell were the first one to sport Apple watches way before they were launched for the masses.
With just a week to go for the WWDC, it will be interesting to see what Apple beings to the table.