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Music is key for Apple's big show next weekExpectations are high for Apple to unveil a new paid music-streaming service at its annual WWDC developer conference, but don't count on a Web TV service. Also: Amazon Fire TV gets serious about video games.
Apple tuning up for it's next big announcement, I'm Bridget Cary, this is your CNet update. On m\M0onday June 8th Apple said to make several software announcements at it's annual developers conference known as WWDC. We should hear about upgrades to the operating systems, but also many are expecting Apple to reveal a new layer to iTunes. It's been reported that Apple is creating a paid streaming music service similar to Spotify. You could think of it as Netflix for music, giving you the power to listen to anything you want on demand as long as you pay a monthly fee. The Wall Street Journal spoke with unnamed sources that said it's gonna cost $10 a month. Apple is likely building on the existing beats music service. Remember it purchased beats last year for $3 billion. iTunes is the king of downloads, but streaming is an area of growth right now and Apple wants a piece of it. If you subscribe to something like this, you may end up paying $120 over the course of a year And that's probably more than you're spending now on music downloads. At the last WWDC show, Apple introduced HomeKit which is Apple's standard for getting smart home products to communicate with one another and have your iPhone serve as the Control hub for everything. Now a year later, companies are launching products that work with Apple's HomeKit. The first is Lutron's home lighting control hub. Apple stores are selling a starter pack for $230. So instead of going to the Lutron app to control it, you can say, hey Siri, turn on the lights. There's some speculation that on Monday Apple's going debut a streaming paid television service, but don't count on it. Apple's said to be working on a service for watching live TV over the internet, similar to the Sling TV. Now ReCode reports that this web TV product may be a year or more away, but you can follow the announcement live on Monday. It starts at 10 AM pacific, 1 PM eastern. But to switch gears to other streaming news, Amazon is giving you a new way to stream video games To your television. Amazon partnered with GameFly to stream some well-known games on Fire TV players. You can rent from six different themed game bundles for $7 to $10 a month, and games include titles from Batman to Arkham series and the Lego steam games. Speaking of Lego, the game Lego Dimensions coming out in September just added a new wrinkle. The game is Lego's answer to Skylanders, and it just announced new expandable character packs which include The Simpsons, Doctor Who, Jurassic Word, Ghostbusters, and Scooby-Doo. Some of the vehicle toys can be rebuilt to take on different properties when scanned into the game. So for example the Batmobile pieces can be turned into a Bat Blaster or a Sonic Bat Ray. Put it on the platform scanner and you can switch between which you play in the game. That's all for this tech news update but there's more at cNet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. Goodbye.