“According to a report today from Billboard, Apple does not have the deals in place to launch its long-awaited Beats Music revamp as its new streaming music service,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.

“The report quotes a source as saying ‘June won’t be the release date. The deals aren’t done,’ but our sources say that an announcement at the June 8th WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) keynote is still planned,” Gurman reports. “A few weeks following the announcement, in late June, Apple will release the service as part of two new software products: iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2, according to sources briefed on the plans.”

“Notably, sources say that the new streaming music service, in addition to a revamped version of iTunes Radio, will launch in a ‘long list’ of countries in late June,” Gurman reports. “Until then, iTunes Radio would have been in solely the U.S. and Australia. The new iTunes Radio will also include unlimited skipping as part of a paid bundle.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Finally, iTunes Radio is going to rollout widely! Pandora won’t be happy. Unlimited skipping in iTunes Radio would certainly be a welcome additional benefit of having an “iTunes Music” subscription.

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