NYT claims Google Music Store close almost ready to open

NYT claims Google Music Store close almost ready to open
We've mentioned before that in the world of mobile, especially in the world of tablets, content is king. Having great services can take you pretty far as Google has proven with Android, but having a great content library makes that road a lot easier to travel, as Apple has proven, and Amazon is expected to prove with the Kindle Fire. Google has never been a content company, and hasn't had a lot of luck with selling things to users, but the company is pushing hard to change that. 

The newest rumor in that regards is that Google may be very close to launching a music store. The New York Times is reporting that a number of record executives have said that Google is aiming to launch its music store in the next few weeks, and that Google really wants to launch before Apple's new iTunes Match service rolls out sometime towards the end of this month. Google has been negotiating with music companies to allow users to have a "smart locker" which would let you connect your music collection (and likely Google Music Beta) to a central database. The word is that the negotiations haven't been going well because record companies are worried that the service will promote piracy. 

Of course, Apple's iTunes Match will be charging a "storage fee" which some have said is merely a tax on pirated music, because you can easily add pirated music to your iCloud collection. Likelihood is that Google doesn't want to charge users, which may be causing the friction. Still, we hope Google can get it worked out, because it would be nice to get a service that doesn't include uploading our collection to Google. 

source: NYT via Android Police

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10 Comments

1. firelightx unregistered

Wow, google is just pumping out all kinds of exciting hings tonight. MMS support, Conversation Mode, and now this? ...Admittedly,I'm not sure what this is. It sounds cool, but... how does it work? I have 20GB of storage space through Amazon Drive, but this doesn't sound like that. What is this?

2. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

The analog to Amazon Drive is Google Music Beta which allows you to store up to 20,000 tracks in cloud, but you have to upload music to the storage. This would be a proper store to allow you to buy music which will be made available in Music Beta, like Amazon's service, but also possibly will allow a matching type of service like iTunes Match, which will scan your music and link it to a central database, so you don't have to upload anything.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

If you see the io where the cloud music Idea was.Introduced like that, but my guess to. Avoid problems with the companyes google decided it would be a better idea to do it the other way while They worked Things out.

3. firelightx

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

See, I always wondered why they didn't do it like that in the first place. The benefits are just amazing: The music, being controlled by one source, will all be the same bitrate, sound quality, and volume. More uniform listening. The company doesn't have to store each individual's copy of "Telephone" by Lady Gaga, several hundred thousand times, which likely cuts down on storage servers necessary. Far less hassle for people with massive and uploading. If google can just get tis service together and completely replace the music app with it... we might just get somewhere with this whole integraton thing.

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Google didn't do it first because it couldn't get the deals done with the record companies. Simple as that. Record companies are still too scared of technology to realize that so-called "pirates" tend to spend far more money on music than anyone else.

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Sorry Thumbed ya down by accident. many Pirates are users Who have a Hard Time to find media and ways To pay for media. When a tune cost $1and can be paid with your phone bill will be more likely to buy

7. Numz

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

If Google can pull this off it will be great! On a side note, I wanted to let you and other PA journalist to know that I think it's great that you guys comment and answer reader's questions as much as you do. Keep up the good work.

8. droidcandy13895

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

time for itunes to go on a pilgrimage....the droid trucks r ready to crush it...... run gallitoking run....otherwise u will be steamrolled......but rest assured of taco. She would be fine with us

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hmm. Yay! I would definitely become a Google Music customer if they introduced such a service. As of right now I'm sticking with physical CDs and Amazon MP3.

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

THIS IS GOING TO BE SWEET. Glad I didn't go with Amazon mp3s was waiting and hoping for Google to come out with a music store

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