Apple will launch its revamped Beats Music streaming service at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June, despite not having final deals in place with major record labels.
The service is said to form a key part of a redesigned Music app for iOS, already seeded to developers minus the ability to stream songs.
Users will apparently gain access to the streaming service by updating to iOS 8.4, which will be released in late June, according to 9to5mac.
Word is that Beats and a new-look version of iTunes Radio will be available in a ‘long list’ of countries.
With Apple always releasing its products at an early stage in the UK, it’s a safe bet that both platforms will work on these shores this summer.
Apple is looking to take on Spotify with its latest offering and had hoped to undercut its Swedish rival with a $8 a month fee.
However, record labels are thought to be fighting for a $10 charge. Either way, many artists are unlikely to be impressed by the advent of another streaming service offering them minimal royalties for streams of their songs.
WWDC takes place between June 8th and June 12th in San Francisco.