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Motorola CEO hints Google Music to surface with Android 3.0

updated 05:50 pm EST, Wed February 16, 2011

Moto chief says Google Music due with Android 3

Motorola Mobility's CEO Sanjay Jha may have spoiled plans for Google Music in his discussion at Mobile World Congress. He blurted out that "there will be a music service" and tied it closely to the launch of Android 3.0. He didn't say whether it would port over Android phones, but Android 2.4 is likely.

The Xoom is due as soon as late February, but Google Music hasn't been shown in the interface so far or visible in hands-on tests.

As leaked so far, Google Music would be both a pay-per-track and streaming service. Its distinctive feature would be a music locker that would store a personal collection for access anywhere using technology taken from Simplify Media. Whether or not it comes along with the plan wouldn't be certain. Labels have reportedly blocked Google as they believe that any remote storage constitutes a second use and needs an extra royalty fee.

The services have been important enough that Google's Android lead Andy Rubin and others have supposedly been personally involved in negotiating the deals.

A YouTube movie service is also coming and has been more publicly acknowledged.

Media stores have been cast as necessary for the success of tablets and a key to the iPad. While Android has mostly succeeded without, paid media has been considered a weak point of the platform and has been splintered into different services.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Another Idiot CEO along...

    with his "buddy" at Adobe.

    And they wonder why they can't duplicate Apple... they can't keep their mouths shut. Most people, except the usual crybabies and developers, are fine with iTunes, so WHY will people leave for them? I missed that.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Feb 2011


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    Google just loves making absolute failure bullshit rip offs of good products don't they. Honestly, if it werent for Bing being such a piece of c*** I'd probably switch to it. I want nothing to do with Google, who is quickly becoming the new Microsoft. Microsoft is actually starting to look good now, just improve on Bing and I may be over there, Shitgle is getting real bad.

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @facebook_Justin apple certainly has b*lls

    You are full of it. If any company is behaving even worse than Microsoft at it's market peak it is apple. Apple currently is dropping brownies on everyone it needs: Self upgrading components other than RAM in imacs and mac mini are made extremely difficult. RAM in mac book airs are soldered to the motherboard and can not be upgraded at all. I hope that the MBP's do not get the same. So the customers buy computers that they can not tinker with or customize. The dumb record companies are basically allowing themselves to be pimped by itunes. They are being paid pathetic royalties from which they must pay artists, writers, musicians and producers. I am baffled by how dumb the record companies are so feel no remorse for them. But it is none the less an abusive relationship.
    I can see how new software developers, gaming and digital content providers can scrape a living out of the new app store rules. However, the amazon, B&N, Kindle, and all ebook and magazine apps will be STUPID to continue to offer subscriptions through their apps. They should abandon the platform or have "dump apps"( I created this term) that do not sell or link to selling sites. The established brands with apps have helped the app store gain credibility and customers, now apple wants to rob them of their profit. They should all announce the cessation of their apps and let apple see how this affects hardware sales.
    I suspect apple is even pooping on Steve Jobs. The post jobs shuffling is falling into place and Steve jobs must be running up against more challenges to his vision and losing more battles than in the past. He is physically weaker so hands must be on back stabbing knives( normal corporate behavior).

    Now, with apple, it is no longer only the nice products that are luring people in, it is the ecosystem( itunes & app store). Apple certainly has b*lls to put itself in a position to potentially lose a huge part of its allure. If they get the chop and Steve leaves, apple's ending could be fantastically beginning.

  1. c4rlob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Google needs a lesson from Gretzky

    Apple skates to where the puck WILL BE, Google just keeps skating to where Apple is and adds a spin.

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