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Google set to launch online music service, say reports

Consumer Reports News: May 10, 2011 12:11 PM

When Amazon launched its online music service, Cloud Player, some wondered, "What about Google or Apple?" Now, at least one of them seems ready to with an answer.

The Wall Street Journal says Google is set to announce a digital music service that allows any one to store music files with the online search giant and then stream it to other Net-connected devices, such as smart phones. According to undisclosed sources in the story, Google hasn't signed any agreements major music companies for the service. And unlike Amazon's service, users won't be able to download music once it's uploaded to Google's cloud.

A Google spokeswoman confirmed to ComputerWorld that the company does plan to announce the Music Beta at the opening day of Google I/O, a software developers conference that starts in San Francisco today. No further details were given.

While analysts say today's announcement ends months of speculation over Google's move into online music, the important question remains: What's Apple's move?

Our initial impressions of Amazon's Cloud Player service have been pretty positive. Have your experiences been different? Do you think Google will be better or worse with its cloud-based music service? Weigh in.

Google to Unveil Online Music Service [Wall Street Journal]
Google to unveil online music service Tuesday [ComputerWorld]

Paul Eng

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