iTunes music streaming: Apple planning fees

Apple offering will not be free of charge

Apple could follow Spotify and Qriocity lead, rather than go free like Amazon.

Apple’s cloud-based music streaming service is set to cost, according to music industry insiders. The sources, speaking with Cnet, claim that Apple will charge a fee after initially offering its package for free.

As yet, it’s unclear whether Apple will offer a simple digital locker package along the lines of Amazon’s Cloud Drive, or if it will look to add to such a feature with Spotify-style streaming.

Currently, Amazon’s Cloud Drive is free for the first 5GB of storage, with punters having to pay if they wish to store more of their music on the retailer’s servers. Seeing as Apple, unlike Amazon, is negotiating with record labels over the streaming of songs, a monthly or annual cost for using its service would not come as a major surprise.

Google is also expected to launch its own cloud-based music offering in 2011, although talks appear to have stalled. Will Apple beat them to the punch? And will you be willing to pay for iTunes cloud? Tell us now on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Via Cnet