Apple has long harbored intentions to carve out territory in the entertainment industry. Last month, it was revealed the company was approaching Hollywood executives about acquiring early access to blockbuster movies, to be enjoyed as “high-priced rentals” on iTunes. Now, according to a report in the Wall St. Journal, the Cupertino tech giant appears to be eyeing original video content as well, in a move that would see it compete for viewership in an arena heavily dominated by Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Apple has its sights set on “original scripted content,” which it intends to pair with its $10-per-month Apple Music subscription by the end of 2017. The endeavor is reportedly meant to stave off the consequences of declining iPhone 6s sales. It will also appease the chorus of angry customers who tweeted hostility at the company over the course of its financially bad 2016.
It’s clear Apple would like to morph into an entertainment powerhouse, as offering original video content would allow it to fend off competition from one of its perennial competitors, Spotify. Currently, the streaming monolith maintains a robust user-base of 40 million, while Apple Music's crests at 20 million subscribers. Apple would be further set apart from Spotify by offering access to shows and movies, hypothetically allowing subscriptions -- and therefore revenue streams -- to balloon.