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Hidden code in iOS 6.1 hints at Apple streaming service

06 Feb 2013
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Hobbyist users have uncovered code in the latest version of iOS which suggests Apple is planning to launch a media streaming service.

Users examining files within the iOS 6.1 operating system hav uncovered a set of unused icons referencing a service known as "Radio" which is tied into the iOS iTunes Store platform.

According to user Austin Smith, a graphic designer who is being credited with the discovery, the hidden files appear to represent a service in which users could opt to purchase "Radio" channels which could be used to stream song files.

"These images are actually designed to match the 'Genius' button on the iPad in the Music App Header," Smith wrote.

"It seems when this 'radio' feature is used, it will be placed on the opposite side of the Genius button on the iPad."

The files in question are not easily accessible to users at this time. Smith noted that he disocvered the mysterious icons while sifting through a jailbroken iPad running recently-released tools for the new version of iOS.

Talk of a streaming service from Apple is nothing new. As far back as early 2012 rumours have surfaced that Apple was looking to deploy streaming music additions to iTunes which could allow the platform to compete with music services such as Pandora.

While the iTunes media store has grown to become the largest music retail platform on the planet, Apple's efforts to expand the service have been decidedly mixed for Apple.

In 2010 the company attempted to integrate social networking into iTunes with Ping. The feature received a lukewarm reception and has been withdrawn.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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