Rumor: Google to launch music store?

Google may finally be getting ready to launch its own version of Apple's iTunes music download service. The New York Times reports via unnamed sources that Google is in talks with the major music publishers to obtain the rights to offer their tracks on Google's upcoming store. The story claims that Google's music service would be linked to Music Beta, a previously launched feature that lets people store music on Google's cloud servers and then stream those music tracks to other devices. Google first launched Music Beta back in May with no agreements made with the major music publishers.

This new music store from Google would not just offer streaming music but will also allow users to download MP3 music files to devices. Ironically, Google is trying to launch this service while Apple offers its iCloud streaming service to iTunes users this week. The report claims that Google wants to launch its new music store before Apple launches iTunes Match, which is designed to link a user's music collection to Apple's music library. It should be available for iTunes users by the end of the month. But the story adds that Google may not be able to close their talks with the various music publishers before iTunes Match goes live.

In addition to iTunes, Google's music service would also compete with Amazon's well established online music service. Amazon offers both a downloadable MP3 music store along with a cloud storage service and player; the company's upcoming Kindle Fire tablet will be able to access both services.

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Voice of Buddy Christ said,
Let's see, there's iTunes, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, Zune, Spotify...

Try not to get it confused there buddy. Let me fix that for you.
There's iTunes, Amazon MP3, and Zune,... to buy MP3s
There's Rhapsody, Spotify, Zune, Pandora,... for streaming music

Xerxes said,
Great, another US only feature :-/ when is Google gonna learn there is a whole world outside the US?

When will people like you learn that it's the RIAA and MPAA that have to sign off on these services first to the rest of the world?

If Google can't mine the data collected by other services (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, etc), then they try to invent their own version that gives them full access.

Most of what they do can be explained by that motivation. It's understandable considering where they make their money, but it seems increasingly desperate.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Love the service of Google Music Beta. I am behind them a 100%. Can't wait till they move forward and come out of Beta.

I don't. That means the service will not be free. LOL

bjoswald said,
Stop, Google. Just stop. Stop trying to be cool and stick to doing what you do best.

Kicking Microsoft's a** with their phones and search engine. Why would they do that. If you stop, like Microsoft did at one point, you eventually play catchup anyway.

jbrooksuk said,
Google haven't even released their Google Music thingy in anywhere but the US yet...

Isn't that the case for most entertainment products and services at first though?

sopharine said,
Nothing Google have done recently excite me one bit. They're only playing catch-up and doing imitation.

welcome to the 21st century where all companies copy each other.

ironcladlou said,
Get a Zune Music Pass at zune.net, and have a excellent music streaming and download service right now.

Yeah but that doesn't work on Androids and iPhones. So that service is fail with the majority of users.

UndergroundWire said,

Yeah but that doesn't work on Androids and iPhones. So that service is fail with the majority of users.

Zune Music Pass is not a fail at all. The same can be said about iTunes; it does not work on my WP7 device so does that make it fail? No, it doesn't. Does Google Music work on my Phone? If not, then according to you logic it must be a fail!

NPGMBR said,

Zune Music Pass is not a fail at all. The same can be said about iTunes; it does not work on my WP7 device so does that make it fail? No, it doesn't. Does Google Music work on my Phone? If not, then according to you logic it must be a fail!

But it does. You are pathetic. You don't know how services work do you?

If I buy a song and from iTunes I can play it on my Android device, Zune device and WP7 device. There is no DRM. Google Music is not a service. It;s a beta product for Android. They are not selling music (yet).

Please, stop embarrassing yourself. Please learn the products you are trying to insult TROLL!!!

NPGMBR said,
Didn't Google already launch Google music? Is this something different?

didn't the article clearly mention that?

NPGMBR said,
Didn't Google already launch Google music? Is this something different?

You clearly don't know anything about Google Music and Google selling music.

UndergroundWire said,

You clearly don't know anything about Google Music and Google selling music.

Yes the article did mention that. I made the mistake of reading only part of the article then making my post. Then going back and reading the rest. Yes it is true that I don't know anyting about Google Music that much is very true. I don't use Google products and even keep Google tracking cookies off my PC and Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone.

So yes, I don't knwo much at all about Google as I tend to avoid the company but I did know enough to understand that Google did alredy have a music product floating out there.

NPGMBR said,

Yes the article did mention that. I made the mistake of reading only part of the article then making my post. Then going back and reading the rest. Yes it is true that I don't know anyting about Google Music that much is very true. I don't use Google products and even keep Google tracking cookies off my PC and Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone.

So yes, I don't knwo much at all about Google as I tend to avoid the company but I did know enough to understand that Google did alredy have a music product floating out there.

Google Music is not the same as Google selling susic. Since you don't use Google products and you clearly admit in not reading the article before commenting. What are you doing in here in the first place?

Go put on a tin foil hat and worry about the government reading your 'brain' (for lack of a better term).

NPGMBR said,

Yes the article did mention that. I made the mistake of reading only part of the article then making my post. Then going back and reading the rest. Yes it is true that I don't know anyting about Google Music that much is very true. I don't use Google products and even keep Google tracking cookies off my PC and Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone.

So yes, I don't knwo much at all about Google as I tend to avoid the company but I did know enough to understand that Google did alredy have a music product floating out there.


you better live in a place which protects you from all those signals... you know what i mean...

UndergroundWire said,

Google Music is not the same as Google selling susic. Since you don't use Google products and you clearly admit in not reading the article before commenting. What are you doing in here in the first place?

Go put on a tin foil hat and worry about the government reading your 'brain' (for lack of a better term).

Very selective aren't we being as you totally missed that part in my post about going back and reading it again. The reason im here is to find out about whats going on in the industry and the products being offered by individual companies but that certainly doesn't mean I have to try them all. Sorry no tin foil hats here but im sure you were hoping it would be that easy for you. I'm here reading and commenting just like everyone else. If ya don't like what I have to say don't read or respond to my posts!

NPGMBR said,

Very selective aren't we being as you totally missed that part in my post about going back and reading it again. The reason im here is to find out about whats going on in the industry and the products being offered by individual companies but that certainly doesn't mean I have to try them all. Sorry no tin foil hats here but im sure you were hoping it would be that easy for you. I'm here reading and commenting just like everyone else. If ya don't like what I have to say don't read or respond to my posts!

I like correcting your mistakes though. Keep posting and it will become my full-time job

cork1958 said,
Jesus pete's Google!!

Quit trying to get your hands into EVERYTHING under the sun, huh?!!

No wonder I despise them!!

Also, my tipster has informed me that two names have been finalized for the service, by Google. Gune and Gtune.

FMH said,
Also, my tipster has informed me that two names have been finalized for the service, by Google. Gune and Gtune.
gune? surely not, that sounds just like zune

jasonon said,
gune? surely not, that sounds just like zune
Update to my earleir post. Gune Gass has been finlaized!

cork1958 said,
Jesus pete's Google!!

Quit trying to get your hands into EVERYTHING under the sun, huh?!!

No wonder I despise them!!

You mean like Microsoft?

well don't all the major companies try to do this (i.e. apple, microsoft and google)

UndergroundWire said,

You mean like Microsoft?

UndergroundWire said,

You mean like Microsoft?

Indeed. Microsoft is one of the most diverse companies. But I would say that they are much more calculated, well-planned than Google and others.

They think a lot, about long term planning, and know just when to quit. Kin, Zune and Windows Mobile are a good example of this.

They just don't get into something, for the sake of getting into something. They are much more focused on the long term strategy.
As an example, when iPods were initially annoucned Bill Gates said that such devices were not the future. The future is in smartphones. That's why Microsoft wasn't that serious enough in Zune. They weren't fighting as savagely as they could, for the market share. Microsoft has shown that they can get brutal when they want to, like they did with Linux and Netscape.

On the other hand, they remain focused on Bing, which is losing billions, because it has a very optimisstic long term future. Because of the deals they have signed with Facebook, Yahoo and others. Blackberry, Xbox, WP and W8 integration. There is even a report that Facebook is planning a search engine for their site, based on Bing.

Google on the other hand, tries to gets into markets as soon as it can. The result are products that are bad in the start, and will either continue to suck, or eventually get better.

FMH said,
....

Stop being a fan boy (for once) my point is all companies have to do this in order to remain relevant. But when I see naive comments like this is why I hate Company X but they are clearly a fanboy of company Y and they do the same thing, it's quite comical.