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Google to start own music service?

updated 09:15 am EDT, Wed October 21, 2009

Google Audio due very soon

A rumor today hints that Google may be on the verge of launching its own music service. More than one source claims to TechCrunch that a service dubbed Google Audio is "imminent" and that it has involved securing rights from music labels over the course of the past few weeks. At least a US release is supposedly confirmed.

Most other details aren't known, including whether it's a true full-length song service or whether any tracks would be downloadable or only stream online.

A Google music service potentially creates a more definitive rift between the search firm and Apple following Eric Schmidt leaving Apple's board and the unveiling of Chrome OS as Google's first desktop-class operating system, as both would have competing services with commercial music. Schmidt had already been forced to periodically recuse himself from Apple meetings due to Android.

It may also create a conflict with Amazon, whose MP3 store is the default gateway for mobile downloads on multiple Android phones.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I thought google was forward thinking or something. Online music stores are so 5 years ago.

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More evidence . . .

    . . . that Google are becoming the new Microsoft.

    They can't look at a market without seeing a role for Google in that market - but not stopping to ask if there is gap that needs filling.

    Remember Knowl, Google's answer to Wikipedia?? Or Google Video, their answer to YouTube - before they bought YouTube?

    They flopped, because unlike Google's search or GMail they were just 'me too' products.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The beginning of the end....

    Some people never learn. You get big, you get an ego, you lose focus, and you come crashing down like an idiot. History NEVER fails and somehow ALWAYS repeats itself.

    Google has no business venturing into areas they know nothing about. Just cause you have the money doesn't mean you can do everything. Doesn't anyone at Google get a good laugh at MicroShit like on a daily basis for stupidities like that. MS is the most entertaining comedy show on the planet these days.

  1. Climb AZ

    Joined: Dec 1969


    begun, these phone wars have

    Wow, google is not Apple's good buddy are they. With a few of the Android phones being very successful and the verizon phone on the way, and google selling music and a store it's getting pretty crazy.

    The iPhone is the best phone but it's heating up. Should get interesting.

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