August 23rd 2011
By Mike Flaminio
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' "I'm With You" is slated to release on August 30th. Fans, however, can listen to the entire album streamed from iTunes for free. The album is streamed in its entirety with back to back tracks playing for just under an hour.
The is interesting because its the first time Apple has streamed any content beyond the short preview clips from iTunes music library. While this is used as a promotional tool leading up to the album's release, the streaming system behind it could indicate future features. Later this fall Apple will be launching iTunes Match, which allows customers to download all songs in their iTunes library on all registered computers and mobile devices. This is in addition to current features allowing re-downloading of iTunes purchases. If Apple is able to provide live streaming of iTunes purchases or even iTunes Match it could make features closer to other music streaming services such as Spotify.