Google eyes partnership with Spotify in quest to launch music service

Reports this morning claim Google has begun early discussions with popular European music service Spotify about a possible partnership in the United States following the search giant's apparent "inability" to get music labels to sign any deals for their upcoming music service.

Google's plans for the music-in-the-cloud service, which according to CNET is "technologically ready", have hit a number of hurdles when it comes to music licensing deals, with labels reportedly unwilling to meet the search giant's terms.

CNET today revealed the search giant may now be exploring a potential partnership with music streaming Spotify -- which music labels love, at least in Europe, where the company has been extremely popular -- in a bid to launch a competitor to Amazon's Cloud Player service which launched last month without music label approval, and the rumored forthcoming cloud competitor from Apple.

Recent reports have suggested Apple has now managed to secure at least two approvals from music labels for their own cloud-based music storage service, with some suggesting Apple's iTunes Chief Eddy Cue is visiting New York to try and secure deals from the remaining labels.

Since announcing plans to launch in the United States almost two years ago, Spotify has continued to delay and push back the launch date despite an eagerness to establish a US presence, after it was thought the company's US operations would launch late last year.

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No thanks, Spotify lost me. They have ruined the free service, £10 a month? No thanks... Mixing with Google will increase the price.

TechDudeGeorge said,
No thanks, Spotify lost me. They have ruined the free service, £10 a month? No thanks... Mixing with Google will increase the price.
You could always go Unlimited for £5 a month. At first I begrudged paying for it but it is an excellent service you're getting, and for me it's worth every penny.

TechDudeGeorge said,
No thanks, Spotify lost me. They have ruined the free service, £10 a month? No thanks... Mixing with Google will increase the price.
Seriously?
You don't want to pay 10£ a month for access to millions of songs at the click of a button wherever you are? You don't like supporting artists? You can't stand the thought of working under an hour of your month for access to the music you probably listen too for several hours, if not days, of your month? Well, go back to torrenting and spitting in the artists face then.
And don't complain if someone expects to not pay you squat for your lifes work, cause that's what you do with the artists and for what most likely is the best thing that has happened to consumers online since, well, ever.

And since you didn't even bother to check, it's 5£ a month for a nag-free/ad-free subscription.
If you don't even bother to spend that much I hope music is totally unimportant in your life and is something you don't spend many hours on - and in that case, the free subscription should be more than sufficient.

To be on-topic, I think this would be awesome for you americans.
Needless to say I love Spotify and don't even have a mp3-folder on my PC anymore, and if you do have a local folder - Spotify supports importing that too. :-)

I wish they'd just take the Amazon approach and not bother with any licensing for digital lockers, Amazon's suprise move is frankly awesome, I know the no licensing only applies to user uploaded file but it's still a great move,

Well this could be interesting, Apple & LaLa, Google & Spotify, and Microsoft, I guess can probably manage since they already have music playing in the cloud with Zune Pass.

Microsoft might have some deal in place, maybe in the future for an offspring of Nokia's "Comes with Music" thing that is apparently dying, besides the Zune Pass.