It looks like Apple could be in the process of building a music streaming service specifically for use by bars, restaurants or retail establishments. Because we are all aware that streaming music through your device in a public place is illegal right?
The tech giant filed a trademark application for ‘Apple Music for Business’ with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on November 29, as reported by MBSW.
The information provided in the trademark filing for class 38 section says that ‘Apple Music for Business’ will be used for “broadcast and transmission of streamed music, audio, video, and multimedia content by means of radio, television, internet, and satellite for business use.”
The information provided for class 41 states that it’s for:
“Production of programmed music and video displays for subscribers; audio and video recording and production services for others; music service, namely providing specially programmed background music for retail establishments, public areas, and commercial establishments.
“Providing radio, internet, and satellite music programming by means of telecommunications networks, computer networks, the Internet, satellite, radio, and wireless communications networks; musical, radio, television and video entertainment services, namely, custom arrangement and editing of music, audio and video programs; Custom music programming services.”
The most logical reason for the mark’s existence is for Apple to offer retailers and other similar businesses an Apple Music subscription that allows for music to be piped through speakers heard by customers, such as music played throughout a store.
Current streaming service products typically relate to personal use, namely private usage through headphones while in public or general playback through speakers at home. While a store could feasibly start an Apple Music stream and pipe it through speakers throughout the business, this is considered to be public playback, and is generally against the terms of a consumer music streaming service agreement.