As if the super-famous aren’t already assaulting our senses enough thanks to their shameless oversharing enabled by social networking and media services, Apple plans to give them another channel.
According to a report in 9to5Mac, Apple will include in its new streaming service a modified version of Ping, the iTunes social network it launched and then quickly shuttered a couple of years ago. This version would only be available to musicians who could “have their own pages within the streaming music service that they can use to post track samples, photos, videos, and concert updates,” according to the report.
Users will have the option of disabling this feature in their settings, 9to5Mac says.
The new streaming application, which is a redesigned service based on the Beats Music app the company acquired last year, may or may not be called “Apple Music.”
It’s set to be announced at Apple’s developers conference on June 8. The service may go live later that month, 9to5Mac says, with a price of $7.99 per month and perhaps most notably, a version for Android phones, a first for Apple.