Analyst: No ‘Apple Television’ this year, but ‘iRadio’ on the way

“With consumer behavior increasingly shifting toward access to a music catalog from ownership of specific songs, Apple launches an iRadio service,” Richard Greenfield blogs for BTIG Research in “BTIG’s Top 13 Media Predictions and Events to Watch for in 2013.”

“We expect iRadio to be incorporated into the iTunes iOS app with personalized radio functionality akin to Pandora, integrated with iTunes to purchase music and other music related content such as concert information/tickets/merchandise via Live Nation and Ticketmaster. We believe Apple is negotiating direct deals with music labels to offer a far more robust service than current digital radio services that rely on compulsory licenses,” Greenfield writes. ” iRadio will not only be a global solution, but will include increased skips per hour and extended caching for offline playback. While a Spotify-like music subscription service will not be included in iRadio’s launch, we believe it could come in future iterations.”

Greenfield writes, “Despite Tim Cook’s repeated statements that the television is an area of “intense interest” for Apple (see Dec. 2012 blog, click here), the mythical Apple Television is not released in 2013. The so-called “next big thing” remains hampered by concerns over the legality of the managed/specialized service exception to net neutrality rules, TV Everywhere usage restrictions and solidifying nationwide coverage/accessibility.””

Read more about “Apple Television” and 11 other predictions for 2013 (Hulu and News Corp. sitting in a tree, Instagram ads, and more) in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, according to Greenfield, at least, 2013 will be more like 1920 than 1928, digitized.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. What’s with the sniffy take, MDN? D’you think that TV is the only entertainment system people are interested in?
    Maybe in the land of the obese Laz-E-Boy recliner, TV-dinner, Coke and beer swilling bottom-feeder, but out here in the rest of the world, many millions of people are happily listening to the radio while they go about their daily lives, getting regular news and weather updates, and music, without being distracted by a glowing screen. I listen to a BBC digital station all day, it gives me access to huge quantities of new music, more than I can afford to buy, without me having to search for it.
    And I listen to it in the car.
    TV cannot do what radio can, and has done for many, many years.
    In fact, the most popular BBC radio programmes get listener number that TV stations can only dream of.

    1. While we’re on the topic of the MDN Take, what was the difference between 1920 and 1928?

      According to radio took off in the 1920s. Originally live performers in the studio, and then recorded music in the latter part of the decade. That led to ASCAP jacking there rates to obscene levels in the 1930s, and the formation of the competing BMI in 1940.

      Yes, lots of parallels to current shenanigans with RIAA, MPAA, cable cabals, etc.

      But why 1920 vs. 1928?

  2. Ipods already have radio receivers andthere’s the Tuner app that comes with iPads plus a slew of radiostation apps on the store.

    An iRadio would bring no value, would not change the status quo and, for that reason, would not be a typical Apple disruptive product.

    I just don’t see it.

    1. It’s not really “radio.” It’s genre-specific streaming music, maybe like Pandora. There’s already a form of it in iTunes, as a subcategory of the Music library, which I suspect will be replaced (on Macs) by whatever this “iRadio” thing turns out to be (if anything). In any case, it’s just another value-added service for Apple’s hardware customers; not a big deal on the scale of a new Apple television product.

    2. What are you? 12? I listen to radio all the time. Not commercial crap but news and talkback. I like to be informed and I can do other tasks while I listen. With TV you actually have to sit in front of it and give all your attention.

  3. I have a TiVo that can export to my Mac (with Toast Titanium) and an EyeTV HD for the unscrambled content. I can program both from an iOS device almost anywhere.

    Apple needs to go ahead and sign on with the CableCard and upgrade the Apple TV to a set top box with DVR capabilities.

    Apple could have fixed this a long time ago.

    1. A DVR really… REALLY?
      You really don’t get it do you. BTW that whistling noise you keep hearing is just the new millennium sailing past, over you head.

      1. I seriously doubt that the cable cartel will release Apple to do IPTV. It’s a nice concept, but I’m not holding my breath.

        Put a Cable Card slot on a Mac Mini and with a few software tweaks you are in business.

        1. Been done, so last century.
          It is; boring, holding on to (and continue to monetize) 20 year old technology, and most importantly confusing, inconvenient and barely functional.
          None of the above sounds like Apple.

  4. Apple doesn’t need to immolate the Pandora model–they should go for the Spotify model..or even buy Spotify. It’s basically what iTunes could become. Pandora is good at what it does, but has fatal limitations.

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