Tickets for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference have gone on sale for two weeks now and given the staggering price tag of $1,599 it looks like this is going to be an event for the elite. The event is set to take place June 10 – 14 at San Francisco’s Moscone West conference center, where participants will have the opportunity to “learn about the future of iOS and OS X”.
“We look forward to gathering at WWDC 2013 with the incredible community of iOS and OS X developers” announced Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing, Philip Schiller following the date release. “Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps” he added. “We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC” he promised.
But rumor has it it’s going to be more than just that. The New York Times reports that over the weekend Apple has sealed the deal with Warner Music Group for the music rights of their artists. Apparently, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV are also in the works, for what people are expecting to become the next big thing in the internet radio service market, a real rival to Spotify and Pandora.
The New York Times’ report reads that “Apple’s Internet radio feature is expected to be free and supported by advertising”. The report also adds that publishers are quite eager for Apple’s internet radio service to be released, in hope that they will be able to get 10 percent from Apple’s licensing fees. They are currently receiving 4 percent from Pandora’s revenue over licensing fees.