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Google Working on Subscription-Based Streaming Music Service

Home  My Music  Google PlayGoogle is in negotiations with music publishers to develop a Spotify-esque subscription streaming music service for its Android operating system, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Currently, Google has a scan-and-match music service like iTunes Match, as well as an Android-focused music download store.
Google Inc.'s Android unit has been negotiating with music companies to start a paid subscription music-streaming service akin to Spotify AB, according to people familiar with the matter.

Separately, Google's YouTube video website is trying to obtain licenses from music labels to start a paid subscription service for music videos and potentially also for audio-only songs, these people said.
There have been rumors for nearly five years about Apple developing a subscription music service, though more recently reports have surfaced that Apple is aiming to release its service sometime in 2013.

Bloomberg reported in October that Apple was aiming for a first quarter launch, but record labels have suggested that negotiations were hung up over licensing fees.

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22 months ago
I still buy CDs. Go me!
Rating: 16 Votes
22 months ago
I think MacRumors became GoogleRumors.
Rating: 11 Votes
22 months ago
Looks like Google's throwing ideas at the wall to see what sticks.

Future posters: please repeat this phrase 50 times throughout the rest of this thread to make sure everyone knows this. It can't be stated enough.
Rating: 10 Votes
22 months ago
Nothing beats just simply having your music on a device.
Rating: 9 Votes
22 months ago

What you say is true. But begging for post quotes just makes you sound like an ass. You're better then this.


Actually, I'm making fun of all the people who kept saying this in the last Google thread. Think there were about 300 different people who posted it verbatim.

You'd go through the thread. Someone would say something, another guy would reply, then you'd see it.

"Looks like Google's throwing ideas at the wall to see what sticks."

Three or four posts would pass, and...

"Looks like Google's throwing ideas at the wall to see what sticks."

It was kinda scary.
Rating: 7 Votes
22 months ago
Google seems to be firing on all cylinders as of lately.

1. Google Now competes favorably with Siri.

2. Google Music competes favorably with iTunes Match (is free and has a web interface that you can use anywhere).

3. Google now makes some of the prettiest iOS software (G+, Gmail and YouTube app are really nice on either platform).

4. Google Glass seems to be moving from a pie-in-the-sky type prototype to an actual product.

5. Nexus 4 is a really nice smartphone for a crazy unsubsidized price (Is an iPhone 5 really worth $300 more than a Nexus 4?).

6. They're rumored to start building retail outlets.

If they manage to do something with Google TV this year, I might actually be impressed with the company.

The problem with Apple is you never know what they're up to.
Rating: 6 Votes
22 months ago

I'm waiting for some good Google innovation ( hate that word ).

The Glasses and Pixel are interesting but what about innovation in their core competencies?

Why haven't they revolutionized email or calendars?


Google Wave revolutionized email, no one wanted it.

ChromeOS pushing thin client computing. Not a new idea, but a pretty rare one these days.

Google Now gives you what you want before you ask.

Self driving cars, theirs is by far the best out there.

Cheap gigabit internet.

Wearable computing.

Spanner, which allows Google to run world-wide servers extremely well with little downtime

The most advanced web browser. I argue this because Chrome was the first to use multi-process architectures, much like being its own operating system (which is why it has its own task manager). Safari and Firefox soon adopted that.
Rating: 6 Votes
22 months ago
Reading comments here is so disheartening sometimes. The bias with which people react to news is pathetic.
Rating: 6 Votes
22 months ago

That new iOS Mailbox app looks great, why isn't Google inventing things like that?


Because they spent a lot of time and money figuring out the best way to put a bunch of ads in my Gmail without irritating me.. They won't really give that up easily..
Rating: 5 Votes
22 months ago

Google already had an "streaming service' it is called Google Play Music


Let's not forget the words biggest video streaming service, YouTube.

Another thing that Google copied off of Apple no doubt. :o
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