“Having a look around our newly jailbroken iPads with iFunBox, we happened on a new set of files in the iPad Music.app,” Seth Weintraub reports for 9to5Mac. “The files are called some variation of ‘radio button’ with an icon that looks similar to the radio icon that used to be in iTunes for Mac (it was traded for a more prominent top location in iTunes 11 without the antenna tower).”

“More interestingly, the name of these button files and are labeled with “buy” in the filename. This could imply exciting new functionality,” Weintraub reports. “We heard no shortage of rumors that Apple planned to take on the Pandoras and Spotifys of the world with its own ‘Radio’ service, and Bloomberg predicted a Q1 2013 (current) launch… If the buttons are taken at their literal meaning, Apple could offer to sell stations of music based on particular songs, artists, or genres.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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