Google I/O: Google Music to be announced later today

At last year's Google I/O, Google teased us with a glimpse at a would-be iTunes competitor. Sadly, nothing really materialised later that year like we hoped. Rumours were abound that Google was having trouble making arrangements with record labels, talks broke down and nobody was really sure what would happen to "Google Music".

Meanwhile, Amazon launched their own cloud-based music hosting service without any kind of consent or agreement from record companies and now it seems that Google is about to follow suit.

The Wall Street Journal has a report that Google will announce Google Music later today at Google I/O. To further this, an article at All Things Digital goes into more details on what this service will offer.

Unlike Amazon's Music Service, it's unlikely that Google's will let you purchase music. Instead, Google will let you upload the music you own to stream to your devices, with enough space to hold about 20,000 songs. This eclipses Amazon's limit of only 2,000 songs.

Google Music will launch as an invite-only beta for selected users before rolling out to everyone, at least in the US. There are no details on pricing either, but there aren't many Google Services that don't have a free version. Expect more details to arrive once Google I/O begins later today.

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Why not just add the ability to stream mp3 files to Google Docs the way they have with movie files? I've uploaded nearly 100 GB of music files to Docs with the hope that it would be possible to stream via my computer or Smartphone, but now it sounds like it will be a whole separate application altogether. This seems confusing and unnecessary to me, at least from a practical standpoint. Surely they could still market and brand the service while keeping it within the scope of Google Docs? I hope so.

shle896 said,
Why not just add the ability to stream mp3 files to Google Docs the way they have with movie files? I've uploaded nearly 100 GB of music files to Docs with the hope that it would be possible to stream via my computer or Smartphone, but now it sounds like it will be a whole separate application altogether. This seems confusing and unnecessary to me, at least from a practical standpoint. Surely they could still market and brand the service while keeping it within the scope of Google Docs? I hope so.


Why would you access music via docs? They are two completely different media types and will need to be treated differently. It would be more confusing for Google to say 'Wanna try our new music platform? Download docs!'

Streaming music is great and everything, but it's a real battery killer constantly streaming (download & caching) music. I've tried it and it's ok, but we need better battery technology, or lower power consumption over 3/4g/wifi.

dancedar said,
Streaming music is great and everything, but it's a real battery killer constantly streaming (download & caching) music. I've tried it and it's ok, but we need better battery technology, or lower power consumption over 3/4g/wifi.

dancedar said,
Streaming music is great and everything, but it's a real battery killer constantly streaming (download & caching) music. I've tried it and it's ok, but we need better battery technology, or lower power consumption over 3/4g/wifi.

True but if the official app is anything like the leaked version then you'll have the option to sync certain folders when on wifi. With the poor speeds in my area I hope they keep this option or it'll be useless for me