Google to Unveil Streaming Music Service at Google I/O Tomorrow

googlelogoGoogle is set to announce a new music subscription service tomorrow at its annual Google I/O conference, reports The Verge, having finalized deals with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment., and Warner Music Group.

The service is said to be a direct Spotify competitor, offering up songs on demand that can be streamed to a computer or mobile device for a set monthly fee.

Though Google has had an existing music service since 2011, it operates in a manner that is similar to iTunes, allowing users to purchase individual songs and albums. It also has a "locker" that lets users store digital entertainment collections.

Pricing information on the new service has yet to be released, but The New York Times claims that Google will not offer a freemium ad-supported tier.

Google's streaming service will not include a free tier, according to the people briefed on the plans who did not want to be identified discussing confidential matters. The subscription rate was not known, but is expected to be similar to that of Spotify and other competing services, like Rhapsody and Rdio, which tend to charge about $10 a month.

While Google's streaming music service will be released ahead of Apple's rumored iRadio service, the two are fundamentally different. With a Spotify model Google will be able to offer songs piecemeal, while Apple's iRadio is said to closely resemble Pandora, which plays a selection of random songs based on user preference. As of last week, Apple was still in negotiations with music labels.

Google's subscription music service will be connected to Play, Google's digital content distribution platform. The Wall Street Journal notes that the upcoming streaming music service is separate from a second paid music subscription service in the works from YouTube, which would give users access to music videos and audio-only songs.

Google I/O is set to kick off tomorrow with an opening keynote at 9am PT at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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Top Rated Comments

tech4all Avatar
145 months ago
I know tomorrow I'm going to get a few good laughs on the comments here if MacRumors post an article about the Google I/O.

Let's see the typical comments shall be along the lines of:

- *yawn*
- I thought this was MacRumors
- iPhone is still better
- LOL plastic phones LOL
- Android is lame and choppy
- Looks like the FanDroids are out today (in response to somebody posting that they like Google or dislike Apple)
- Google has no innovation, who needs widgets? Those same people will all of the sudden love widgets if Apple decides to put them into iOS
- Google steals your info and Apple doesn't
- Larry Paige/Eric Schmidt is evil, I hate them and won't use their products
- And we care because...?

Yea I think that about covers the typical anti-Google/Android comments around here. I know some will call me a troll or whatever, but it's true. And to show I'm not a troll, I'm sure FanDroids will be saying how much Apple sucks because they have shiny iToys. Both sides are annoying...yet funny :)

Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iSunrise Avatar
145 months ago
Yes Apple, that´s how you do it. iRadio is dead before it even started.

If iRadio doesn´t offer anything special that is worth it´s use, don´t even offer it at all.

Google is capturing more of the worldwide market, every day, while you are greedy as **** and because of that aren´t even able to come to an agreement with the record companies. Sad story.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
komodrone Avatar
145 months ago
I enjoyed this MacRumor.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
samcraig Avatar
145 months ago
Yawn.

And, yet, nobody will care. Just another way for them to harvest everything about you; so over Google. That's the problem with them. They might have some decent ideas but their management is so boneheaded and borderline evil that they get stuck on stupid ideas like cars, glasses, and a stupid cable system that will never see the light of day.

The sooner Google goes away the better.



Because Apple waits to do it right while Google does it half-arsed and then kills it a year later.

Fantastic satirical post!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
daneoni Avatar
145 months ago
Yes Apple, that´s how you do it. iRadio is dead before it even started.

If iRadio doesn´t offer anything special that is worth it´s use, don´t even offer it at all.

Google is capturing more of the worldwide market, every day, while you are greedy as **** and because of that aren´t even able to come to an agreement with the record companies. Sad story.

Love how you just assume you know what you're talking about when in fact you haven't the faintest idea. But please continue pontificating.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
samcraig Avatar
145 months ago
IF they do this, how long will it be in Beta?

Ask Siri.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)