Sony and Apple are at loggerheads over streaming music, AT&T gets ready to open the floodgates on video chat over its network, and the head of Turkey drops in on Silicon Valley. The remainders for Monday, May 20, 2013 are up a stream without a paddle.
One issue holding up Apple iRadio: The economics of skipping songs (CNet)
If you were expecting Apple’s rumored music streaming service to roll out at next month’s WWDC, you might be disappointed. CNet reports that Sony Music is at odds with Cupertino over what Apple will pay for songs that users skip or rate poorly. Here’s a tip, Sony: Make better music. That one’s free!
AT&T says ‘any’ mobile video chat app will work on its network by the end of 2013 (The Verge)
All video chat apps will be usable over AT&T’s network by the end of the year, the carrier said in a statement to The Verge—regardless of device or data plan. You’ll finally be able to answer that FaceTime call from your family, no matter where you ar—hm. Maybe this isn’t such a wonderful thing after all.
Turkish PM visits Silicon Valley (Hurriyet Daily News)
During Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent visit to Silicon Valley, he visited Microsoft (where he got a briefing from CEO Steve Ballmer on an education initiative), went to Google (where he got to ride in Google’s self-driving car and try on Google Glass), and also popped in to Apple (where we can only assume he weighed in on the pressing issue of skeuomorphic vs. flat design in iOS 7).
Apple retail revenues per visitor reach new record (Asymco)
Number-cruncher extraordinaire Horace Dediu has calculated that Apple’s stores are now raking in $57.60 per visitor, a new record revenue for the company. Of course, every time I go to the mall I walk in and out of the Apple Store four or five times without buying anything just to mess with the numbers.