Signs point to Apple introducing new music service next week


It’s coming down to the wire: will Apple(s AAPL) have the necessary rights in place by next week in order to launch its planned streaming music service at WWDC? According to various leaks from music publishers over the last couple of days, it appears Apple’s plan is coming together.

The New York Times says that Apple is close to having all the major music labels on board for recorded music rights, but there are two who still have not signed on completely:

Apple has signed a deal with the Universal Music Group for its recorded music rights, but not for music publishing — the part of the business that deals with songwriting. Over the weekend, Apple also signed a deal with the Warner Music Group for both rights. It is still in talks with Sony Music Entertainment and Sony’s separate publishing arm, Sony/ATV.

The WWDC keynote starts at 10…

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