Apple’s plans for Beats Music are finally becoming clear: The company will reportedly bundle the music subscription service into iOS next year.

The service will remain a subscription service after it becomes part of the operating system, the Financial Times reported.

Financial Times’ sources said that the Beats service could be integrated into iOS as soon as March.

Today, music shoppers at iTunes can listen to music by buying songs from the iTunes Store or by streaming them through (not very popular) iTunes Radio. Beats would add a third option.

The move would make Apple a direct competitor of Spotify, the market-leading music subscription service today.

Apple acquired Beats in 2013, including both its hardware and music-streaming businesses.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

VentureBeat

VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
  • up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
  • our newsletters
  • gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
  • networking features, and more
Become a member