The Music Streaming Business Is About to Get More Crowded. Beats Sets a Launch Date.

Beats Music, the much-discuss streaming service headed up by Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre (and Trent Reznor is also involved), says that it will launch into this increasingly crowded space next month–in the US, anyway.

The Company Formerly Known as Daisy will join Rhapsody, Spotify, Slacker, Muve Music, Rdio, Xbox Music and Sony Music Unlimited. And let’s not forget iTunes Radio, Google’s streaming service, YouTube’s soon-to-be announced streaming initiative (now delayed until sometime in 2014) and Deezer, which is also said to be making its debut in the US next month.

What will set Beats apart?  We’ll see.  Meanwhile, you can read what Billboard has to say here.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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