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Report: Google Music Service Launching Soon

Reports suggest search giant Google is about to launch a music service to rival Apple. Already a prominent player in other markets such as phones, browsers, maps, email, operating systems and photo sharing, Google could be just months away from adding 'music service' to its portfolio of products.

The Wall Street Journal cites people familiar with the matter who say Google is 'stepping up conversations' about offering music services online as well as over Android devices. The Journal's sources say that although the plans are still vague, the company wants to launch its own music service in an effort to build on current practices of linking to partners like Pandora and iLike when someone searches for a song on Google.

Meanwhile, CNet reports that Google could launch the service as soon as this fall. Citing the uncovering of a Google Music by TechCrunch two weeks ago and the fact that Google demoed a Web-based iTunes competitor at it's I/O conference last month, CNet says Google's plans go beyond Android; CNet refers to music sector insiders who echo WSJ sources in saying the service could be tied to search.

Gred Sandoval writes that major labels would back such a move from Google as they've been pushing for an iTunes competitor for years.

What kind of service would Google have to offer to make a customer out of you? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • captainm27
    I'm telling you! Google is going to take over the world! Now they are targeting the music industry! What's next? Google HealthCare?
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  • requiemsallure
    does it use more than one core?
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  • Someguyperson
    Team up with Beatport!
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  • rohitbaran
    I hope they bring out something better than i-tunes.
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  • Kelavarus
    captainm27I'm telling you! Google is going to take over the world! Now they are targeting the music industry! What's next? Google HealthCare?
    I'd use it.

    However, the problem with Digital Distribution in general is there's getting to be so providers, with no interconnection, that it's really quite annoying. I've got about 6 or 7 accounts for music and games, and that doesn't include software, either. Maybe it'll get better with services that give one account that can be linked into many services, but... Still annoying.
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  • nukemaster
    rohitbaranI hope they bring out something better than i-tunes.Something that supports almost ALL PMP devices.
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  • Anomalyx
    Hey, if they will sell me a song that I can download as a DRM-free mp3 (or other format) for a reasonable price, I'm in. Especially if I can re-download it due to the purchase being linked to my Google Account, in the case of catastrophic data loss on my part.
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  • Pyroflea
    If they provide REAL formats (.flac anyone?), then I'd be interested. If they keep with that MP3 garbage exclusively, I have no interest.
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  • 2GooDrumr
    I'm telling you! Google is going to take over the world! Now they are targeting the music industry! What's next? Google HealthCare?
    I must point out google health.
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  • First and foremost DRM Free FLAC, anything else is irrelevant to me!

    Then they could value add with
    1. Maintain a record of music purchased on the account which would permit re-downloads with no bullshit limits (eg only 5x)
    2. Enable some ability to verify music already owned from ANY source so that that may also be associated with the account to enable backup, which goes hand in hand with 3.
    3. Log in to account via devices and enable streaming of all my music.

    All this means I can now quickly and easily purchase full quality music without restriction, I have a backup of all my music, I can purchase something and stream/download it straight away while out and then redownload for storage and quality listening home.

    I hope Google can pull this off, but I fear the music industry still doesn't get it!!
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