After much praise and hype about the release of the new CDMA iPhone from carrier, Verizon, the news now isn’t so flashy anymore. Yeah, it’s not completely old news, but it’s getting there. But what is something worth noting, is that Verizon’s expectations in terms of sales for this new
Over on the app end of things, streaming music service Spotify has announced that the company is aiming to launch in the U.S. by the third quarter of 2010 per a Bloomberg report. Spotify, which had been slated to appear sometime in late 2009, has been bogged down by licensing issues surely tied to fading confidence in the free ad-supported streaming model. The company has offered free streams as well as a premium paid service, though this hasn’t always pleased major-label content owners with its returns.
The U.S. launch may coincide with the rollout of a revamped version of the product. CEO Daniel Ek told a SXSW crowd earlier this month that a “more connected” edition of the product is on the way, with more social and sharing features. Ek also outlined ways in which the service can serve as a platform for selling tickets and merchandise as well as providing a direct-to-fan communications channel.
XM first announced that they were creating an official XM Radio client for the iPhone and iPod touch back in June, but little was heard from the company since then on an official app. More recently, however, information was leaked that GeeksToolBox is working on an app called StarPlayr as part of the StreamSmart project. It is suspected that it is in partnership with NiceMac because of their audio streaming Mac app by the same name.