updated 10:10 am EDT, Wed May 24, 2006
Google may take on Apple
Google may be planning to open its own music store that would compete with Apple's iTunes, according to one report. Citing the addition of "/music" to Google.com's robots.txt file, as well new results from the search giant's index on "google.com/music," News.com suspects that Google might be gearing up to take on Apple. Google last month reportedly met with a group of music industry executives, and has been in talks with music execs about new digital music services that may dethrone Apple in the legal download market. The search company will face difficult decisions if it decides to open an online music store, however, as it would have to choose between offering DRM-free music versus some form of copy protection scheme. DRM-free tracks could turn record labels away, while incorporating DRM into song offerings might alienate potential free-software customers.