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Google Music may include subscription streaming for Android

updated 11:40 am EDT, Tue June 22, 2010

Google Music may give cloud streaming in long term

Google's upcoming music store received more details overnight with more leaks. The service would have its expected download and streaming results, some of which would come from search, but in the long term would offer special access to Android users. Like the Zune HD's Zune Pass, Google would have a subscription service that allows streaming directly to Android phones as long as they're online.

A more conventional store would simply be an in-between step on the road to the mobile streaming plan, a WSJ tip explained.

Removing computers from the equation has been a key focus of Google's more recent efforts. At its I/O conference last month, the mobile OS developer showed how it planned to avoid the need to sync by allowing "intents" in Android 2.2. Customers visiting a music store on the web could request a download on the web but push it directly to a phone, which would download the tracks by itself rather than have listeners start the download on the phone or sync with a computer.

The introduction of the store, which may not occur for months at the earliest, is thought to be a way of bringing Android's traditionally weak media integration up to par and possibly beyond the iPhone's. Apple has been rumored developing a streaming iTunes option, but it may be limited to web streaming due to labels' hesitation to allow a planned locker that would grant remote access to any song the customer had already bought. Such limits could impact Google's plans, as the labels aren't likely to grant it special privileges for what they see as multiple 'sales' of the same track.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Eric Schmidt's goal...

    "When I grow up I want to be just like Steve Jobs. I want to emulate him in every way, do the things he does, say the things he says. I learned a lot while on Apple's board. I am grateful for that opportunity."

    Eric Schmidt-

  1. HellcatM

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I want to be the opposite of steve jobs

    I'd want to be a man of integrity. I'd want to be a man who shows he cares for people and thats open minded.

    I like the idea of Google Music. I hope they succeed with it because while Apple will try and gauge people and only make it work with itunes Google would make it more open and maybe even more like LaLa.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    lkrupp's goal

    "When I grow up, I hope I won't feel the need to disparage others just because they might have the gall to actually try to compete against Apple."

  1. osxtasy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    perfect analogy testudo!!!!


    Cookie for you! I see we have alot in common..... :-)

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