iRadio rumors continue to gather steam, with the latest report suggesting Apple is still pushing to launch the service next week at WWDC. Talks with music companies are said to have been in something of a stalemate in recent weeks and months, but progress is being made according to the New York Times:
"After months of stalled negotiations over its planned Internet radio service, Apple is pushing to complete licensing deals with music companies so it can reveal the service as early as next week, according to people briefed on the talks."
Some kind of deal was reportedly already settled with Universal, but the Times goes on to claim that just this weekend Apple has closed a deal with Warner. If this pans out, that would leave Sony as the only -- yet still quite large -- hurdle to overcome ahead of announcing anything.
It's also mentioned that the service is expected to be free and ad-supported, which if true could go some way to explaining why someone like Google, with a paid service, managed to close their deals earlier. We're only a week out from WWDC, so we don't have long to wait to find out. Are you pulling for an iRadio service? Are you hoping to see this announced in San Francisco?
Source: New York Times