Labels: Apple is Better Than Google, Amazon

Unnamed music industry sources are claiming that Apple's cloud-based music service will be better than Amazon and Google's current offering.

Why? Because the latter two were either unwilling or unable to to obtain proper licenses from the four major record labels, sources claim. They "tiptoed" around copyright issues and rushed the services out the door. Because of this, Apple's service will have a larger range of options although sources wouldn't specificity what those options would actually be.

Amazon was the first up to bat with its Cloud Player at the end of March, allowing Amazon customers to purchase and store music on its servers. Users initially have 5 GB of storage to upload their music from a PC or Mac-- upgrading the account to 20 GB costs an annual $20, 50 GB for $50, 100 GB for $100 and so on. Google's Music Beta service just launched on Tuesday, allowing consumers to store up to 20,000 songs for free until the "beta" is lifted from the name. Both services can be streamed to an Android device, desktops, notebooks and other connected devices.

Right now there's absolutely no data on Apple's forthcoming cloud-based music service. Music labels are reportedly worried that the services provided by Google and Amazon will be suffice for consumers, that they won't require anything else other than what's currently available. That means Amazon and Google won't upgrade their services nor re-negotiate licenses. It could also mean that Spotify can slip in across the borders and launch a similar service without licensing.

Spotify, however, still seems to be taking the correct, legal route in opening up shop here in the States. "Nothing to add from us on the Google launch," said Jim Butcher, Spotify's spokesman. "We're continuing our negotiations [with the record companies] and look forward to launching stateside as soon as possible."

Insiders say that the labels are placing their bets on Apple's service, and are hoping to see its official launch during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference on June 7. They also claim that there likely won't be any legal battles between the labels, Google and Amazon, as many uploaded music files (FLAC, AAC and WMA) to Google's cloud are transcoded before landing on server hard drives and thus could be considered as newly published copies.

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  • daniel123244
    So there is no info on apples player... but it is better?
  • johnners2981
    apple beats everything. Its like a big stick
  • house70
    daniel123244So there is no info on apples player... but it is better?Of course it's better. RIAA said it, it must be so...
  • kinggraves
    The RIAA's endorsement is pretty much a guarantee I won't touch it. Apple will have the most restricting copyright protection and the worst support for independent labels. If the RIAA had their way, we'd pay every time we listened to a song. Google/Amazon are more likely to skirt the legality and give me the most content for the buck.

    Apple will still sell the most however, Apple customers have the most disposable income and the least technical knowledge.
  • jimmysmitty
    daniel123244So there is no info on apples player... but it is better?
    That and the copyright issue. If people are uploading music they legally purcahsed onto a cloud server they have setup thats provided by a third party, I don't see how they tip-toed around it.

    If anything, its a lot like a online backup.
  • _Cubase_
    Google's and Amazon's service will be great. But Apple's will be "magical"...
  • gerchokas
    _Cubase_Google's and Amazon's service will be great. But Apple's will be "magical"...
    lol :P
  • chick0n
    You can't win Apple, simply because Apple has the magic dust, Stevie's "charm", rotten Apple's logo, and the most "tech savvy" owners group. oh yeah, Google/Amazon, you guys are doing it wrong !!!!
  • rohitbaran
    johnners2981apple beats everything. Its like a big stickYep. It is nothing better than a stick.
  • Aravind Aarumugam
    I believe in Apple i love them they stand for innovation.
    After all it;s Job's who personally thought me on how to hold the phone right!
    Golden and Magical customer support.

    People be happy we live in Apple's era.