Google Gains Early Lead on Apple with ‘All Access’

On Wednesday, Google formally unveiled its long-awaited Spotify competitor dubbed “All Access.”

Similar to industry leading and popular music services Spotify and Pandora, Google’s All Access has some major names to compete with… but Apple still isn’t one of them.

Although many industry sources and analysts believed that Google wouldn’t beat Apple to the punch on the development and launch of a streaming music service, that’s not what happened.

And as it turns out, Apple is nowhere near ready to take on Spotify, Pandora, and now All Access.

The Cupertino, California-based tech giant’s rumored iRadio service is presently entangled in talks with major labels over licensing rights. The Verge reported Friday that Apple’s efforts to secure the appropriate rights are ongoing with no clear resolution in sight.

In fact, Apple’s negotiations with Sony are still hung up to such a degree, the rumor mill suggests, that iRadio may not see the light of day for a long, long while.