First iTunes, then Amazon. But now Google is said to be a month away from launching a cloud music service, a senior Google exec revealed.
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The service will combine Mp3 download and cloud storage service, similar to Apple iCloud service on iOS 5, launched last week.
But it won’t be simply a clone of Apple’s $99c track music store, hinted Andy Rubin, head of Android development, at a recent conference.
The music service will have “a little twist – it will have a little Google in it. We won’t just be selling 99-cent tracks,” the Google Android exec told AsiaD conference in Hong Kong.
And the service similar to iCloud, will allow Android users to listen on multiple devices from a Samsung Galaxy S II to a Acer Iconia tablet, according to the Guardian, citing music industry sources.
The OS is said to have already signed label EMI and is in ‘serious negotiations’ with Universal, and is thought to be a month away from launch.
Apart from this little titbit, no other details of Google Music were pro-offered by Rubin.
EMI is home to music from the likes of the Beetles, Lily Allen, Pink Floyd, Duran Duran and Hot Chip.
Google are also looking to get Sony Music and Warner Music onboard, although nothing is definite as yet between the parties.
“I think we’re close” Rubin, declared of the impending cloud locker service, which could prove a major threat to iTunes, considering Android OS enormous consumer clout, with 550,000 new users add-ons per day.
But it looks like the company known for its search engines is looking to change its perception, and has plenty more tricks up the green man’s sleeve, he added.
“Google is in the very, very early phases of adding consumer products to our portfolio.”
“The media industry didn’t see us as that. They saw us a search company.”