Google music service to offer cloud based storage model

Earlier this year Google was caught with a Google Music logo on their domain and the masses suspected the company to come out with a music service. More details are being unearthed about the service, which includes Google shopping around major record labels to create a new music service.

Google's service would consist of charging users $25 a year to store songs in the cloud, or as the company seems to call it, a "locker." According to Billboard, customers could access their virtual music locker from any Internet enabled device, which would allow for both streaming and downloading of the audio.

With this cloud storage, there would also be a music marketplace in which you could purchase single songs or a complete albums, much like iTunes, Zune, or Amazon MP3. From the store, the customer would be able to have their newly purchased content uploaded directly to their locker, if they so choose. In the store, Google is also pushing for the ability for all users to be able to stream the song they are interested in one time fully before purchasing. Every stream after that initial one would be cut back to a 30 second version.

As with other digital music provider giants, Google also wishes to provide a social networking experience with their product. These features would not be as in depth as Facebook, or even Ping, however it would provide a baseline connectivity between users. Subscribers would be able to send playlists to each other, which will introduce new songs along the way.

Google is looking for a three year contract from the labels, but there is no set date on when the store and locker will be launched.

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This service has to be/do three things for me to happily shell out $25/yr:

1) I have to be able to upload my existing music library and properly organize it
2) The service has to have a pretty good interface to play/listen to music; I currently enjoy the Zune software on the PC, but would switch to Google Music for uniformity amongst my PCs and Android. This also would set it apart from Dropbox, which stores the files but doesn't let you play them on Dropbox.com.
3) I need to be able to download a local, DRM-free copy of any song I buy on it so I'm not locked into the storage locker forever.

Admodieus said,
This service has to be/do three things for me to happily shell out $25/yr:

1) I have to be able to upload my existing music library and properly organize it
2) The service has to have a pretty good interface to play/listen to music; I currently enjoy the Zune software on the PC, but would switch to Google Music for uniformity amongst my PCs and Android. This also would set it apart from Dropbox, which stores the files but doesn't let you play them on Dropbox.com.
3) I need to be able to download a local, DRM-free copy of any song I buy on it so I'm not locked into the storage locker forever.

It states in the article that you can download from the storage locker... you can download and stream from the storage locker. The Dropbox app for iPhone lets you stream music...

Other than that, I agree with you 100%. Without the ability to "upload" my music, the $25/yr "locker" is a nice spin for "$25/yr to re-download your already purchased music".

have you guys heard of zune. $15 dolllar a month not only give you unlimited access to millions of songs. you also get 10 songs every month that you keep for yourself. and you can use the zunepass on up to 3 computers and zune if you want to. Plus the zune.net is simply gorgeous and fun to use. give it a try before you make any judgement. I was spetical but after I gave it a try, only a service that offer better price, software and online service will make me change my mind.

The Black Mamba said,
have you guys heard of zune. $15 dolllar a month not only give you unlimited access to millions of songs. you also get 10 songs every month that you keep for yourself. and you can use the zunepass on up to 3 computers and zune if you want to. Plus the zune.net is simply gorgeous and fun to use. give it a try before you make any judgement. I was spetical but after I gave it a try, only a service that offer better price, software and online service will make me change my mind.

Zune is the way to go. The devices are beautiful too.

That sounds great... but I have to point out the price is much higher too. With the number you gave, that means Zune = $180 per year, Google = $25 a year

The Black Mamba said,
have you guys heard of zune. $15 dolllar a month not only give you unlimited access to millions of songs. you also get 10 songs every month that you keep for yourself. and you can use the zunepass on up to 3 computers and zune if you want to. Plus the zune.net is simply gorgeous and fun to use. give it a try before you make any judgement. I was spetical but after I gave it a try, only a service that offer better price, software and online service will make me change my mind.

Zune also lets you stream unlimited music to your web browser, no zune software required.

Nightwind Hawk said,
That sounds great... but I have to point out the price is much higher too. With the number you gave, that means Zune = $180 per year, Google = $25 a year

The £25 per year to Google pays for storage, thats it - no music purchases, no unlimited access to music streaming - just the ability to store and stream/download your own stuff from the web.

I'm not saying this is bad, it sounds like a really good option for people with large music libraries that dont really want to add too much - but want access to it everywhere for a low fee.

Its going to be Zune for me, for the price of a new album per month I get to keep 10 tracks for life, non DRM'd - on top of that I can download and listen or stream to the full Zune library on 3 computers and a windows 7 phone/Zune device - on top of that I can use the web interface on any computer and stream all this music right where I am.

Add to this the social aspect, the 360 integration, the movies, the gorgeous devices and Windows phone 7 support and its not even a choice anymore - bye bye spotify and helo Zune for me as soon as its launched in the UK!

The Black Mamba said,
have you guys heard of zune. $15 dolllar a month not only give you unlimited access to millions of songs. you also get 10 songs every month that you keep for yourself. and you can use the zunepass on up to 3 computers and zune if you want to. Plus the zune.net is simply gorgeous and fun to use. give it a try before you make any judgement. I was spetical but after I gave it a try, only a service that offer better price, software and online service will make me change my mind.

Rhapsody is $10/mo and works across most devices. Not sure about their music selection.

Without downloading, streaming should be free. Grooveshark(.com) does it, they just need official mobile support.... A small monthly or yearly fee (really small) might stop me from illegally downloading a lot. Especially if they brought in movies and TV shows... (without region restrictions would be nice!)

I hope I can stream (not download) as much as I want with no ads for a fixed fee, like $5 a month. I do this with Spotify and it's pretty nice. I rarely want to have the stuff downloaded on my hard drive, if I can stream music I like, and explore new music 100% freely for much cheaper.