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Apple iRadio comes closer to reality with reported Sony deal

Apple and Sony Music have reportedly inked a deal, moving the Cupertino company's anticipated iRadio service another step forward.

According to All Things Digital — which cited a person familiar with the companies' negotiations — this means Apple now has the support of all three major music labels, including Warner Music Group and the Universal Music Group.

Don't expect to start tuning into iRadio just yet, though. Cupertino still needs to snag the support of Sony/ATV, Sony's music publishing department, ATD said.

Neither Apple nor Sony Music Entertainment immediately responded to a request for comment.

Excited iFanatics may want to keep an eye on this week's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, where details about the aptly named iRadio service could surface. ATD described the service as "an enhanced version of Pandora" with more control over songs, but not as full-featured as something like Spotify.

Rumours about an iTunes-based subscription music service are nothing new, but news of a deal with Warner and Universal Music Groups surfaced in April, before the service was all but written off in May as Sony was reportedly dragging its feet. Warner is said to have officially signed onto the upcoming service last week.