HTC may be building its own streaming music service, according to reports. Tech blog GigaOM says its "sources familiar with the company's plans" indicate that HTC is working with Beats Audio co-founder Jimmy Iovine to create the service, which will be the default music player on future HTC devices. This would put the manufacturer in competition with the likes of Spotify and Pandora, as well as Android's baked-in Google Music service. However, it wouldn't be HTC's first attempt at getting into the music business. Last year's Sensation 4G launched with the HTC Listen music store, though this was killed off later in the year.
GigaOM says the new streaming service will launch alongside new HTC phones and tablets at Mobile World Congress at the end of the month. We've already seen unannounced devices like the HTC Ville and HTC Endeavor (both believed to be codenames), however we've yet to hear of any new HTC tablets on the horizon. The company launched the HTC Flyer and HTC Jetstream in 2011, though neither was met with much success.
In addition, it's reported that HTC and Beats Audio working on a "wireless boombox" that would stream music wirelessly from HTC phones and tablets, a move which would see HTC becoming more involved in the accessory space.
If today's reports are accurate, HTC is clearly getting behind Beats in a big way -- which should surprise no-one considering its $300 million investment in the company. Whatever HTC announces at MWC, we'll be there covering it live
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