Google to launch online music service

2011-05-10 16:19

New York - Internet giant Google could launch an online music service as early as Tuesday to rival Amazon's "cloud" service, which allows users to store digital music online, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said on Monday that Google, like Amazon, has yet to secure licenses from the major record companies, and would limit users to a "streaming mode" to prevent piracy.

The new service, expected to be announced at an annual developers conference in San Francisco, would initially be launched in a testing phase, only becoming accessible to the public at a later date, the Journal said.

The newspaper also reported that Apple is currently in talks with major record companies to launch a far more ambitious service than either that offered by Amazon or the new service planned by Google.

Amazon unveiled a service in late March that allows users to store their digital music online and play it on a computer or an Android device.

With Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, users can upload digital music, photos, videos and documents to Amazon servers and access the files through web browsers or phones and tablet computers running Google's Android software.

Music bought from or Apple's iTunes or from a personal collection is held in a digital "music locker" on the internet and can be accessed from computers running Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome web browsers.

  • - 2011-05-10 16:44

    I don't get it. So you download your music from the internet and then Google wants you to re-upload it onto their servers, and then you re-download it again when you want to listen to it. Am I the only one that thinks this is a dumb idea ?

      dyllon.leigh - 2011-05-10 16:47

      The music is never downloaded, only streamed! Will work very well if you have a unshaped, uncapped internet line.

      troffel - 2011-05-10 16:47

      Maybe you should Google the works behind cloud storage and networks.

  • shaun.botsis - 2011-05-10 17:35

    guys use grooveshark, it rocks.

      Nebs - 2011-05-10 19:06

      it sure does

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