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Apple Plans Streaming Service

Apple Plans Streaming Service

Music-industry executives see Apple’s launch, expected to be announced at its developers’ conference next week, as a watershed moment for streaming music.

Apple sells an estimated 85 percent of music downloads worldwide via its iTunes store, but has only a fraction of the streaming business. 

Spotify accounts for 86 percent of the on-demand music-streaming market in the US.

Apple is planning to charge US$10 a month for its streaming service. Unlike Spotify, which has an ad-supported service as well subscription, Apple will make only a handful of songs available for free listening.