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  • Google Music Service To Challenge iTunes Dominance


    Google is now courting major music labels for their proposed new music service, Google Music. Their proposed new music service will include the usual digital downloads, but also expand on the iTunes model to include a subscription cloud-based “digital locker.” Many have wondered if and when iTunes would venture into the cloud, now it seems that Google is set to get there first.

    According to industry insiders, the proposed music service would resemble the familiar iTunes business model, but would expand this service to include cloud-based music storage. It is said that users would be able to download songs, and for a $25 yearly fee, be able to store their songs in a “digital locker.” Then users would be able to stream their music to any internet-connected device. Also, users of the service would be able to listen to full-track streams of any song one time before purchasing, then previews would revert back to the usual 30-second sample.

    The most intriguing feature of Google Music is its ability to scan a subscriber’s hard drive for music. Every music track licensed to Google would then be accessible to the user though their “digital locker.” The scan of the user’s hard drive would not differentiate where the tracks came from originally, but would allow users to listen to those songs as if they purchased them though Google Music in the first place.

    If Google is able to get a majority of the Music exec’s to go along with their new music service, it would be a real contender to iTunes’ dominance. The music industry is notoriously difficult to deal with at times, especially when new technology is involved. We’ll see if Google has the negotiating skills to pull off a deal of this magnitude, the way Steve Jobs has been able to, time and time again. If Google Music does see the light of day in this proposed form, it will be a real treat for music lovers everywhere. How awesome would that be: to finally be able to access music from anywhere, at any time.

    Source: Billboard
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Music Service To Challenge iTunes Dominance started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      this is great news!!! but I guess it will never be a replacement for itunes for those iDevice owners, but a cool enhancement to the way we listen to music! Ill guess there will be an app for this just kiddin, Apple wouldn't let this happen
    1. JonnyBoy333's Avatar
      JonnyBoy333 -
      Honestly being able to not have to store my music on my computer and be able to listen to it anywhere is incredibly attractive. I will be very curious to see if Google can pull this off cause it definitely seams a little controversial (being able to have access to your pirated music anywhere in the world and all ). I'm also curious to know if this would be done through a separate application (googleTunes?) or some type of webapp, guess we'll find out soon enough.
    1. Nelly998's Avatar
      Nelly998 -
      I love the idea and think it could def overcome iTunes, the only thing is that everyone and their mother has iTunes. People need to except change, especially for the better!!!!!
      Peace

      Quote Originally Posted by madczech View Post
      this is great news!!! but I guess it will never be a replacement for itunes for those iDevice owners, but a cool enhancement to the way we listen to music! Ill guess there will be an app for this just kiddin, Apple wouldn't let this happen
      Jailbreak....
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Let's hope google is able to pull this off...not like some other White elephant project. It'll be a real delight to be able to also listen in on the go without having to bother about the quality or storage capacity or type of device one has.

      However, to make this truly compete with iTunes, google needs to make it completely free to listen, but to download, you then need to pay. Kinda like 'spotify' except you won't have to pay a subscription to listen on your mobile device. Google would still make loads from iAds...
    1. sinnersage's Avatar
      sinnersage -
      If google pulls this off, i have an income and the pricing is reasonable. i would really consider paying for the songs. I mean its good rite, able to listen to music freely without worrying whether you might get caught pirating.Supporting your favourite artists as well. The digital locker is really attractive since nowadays, people change computers often
    1. alirz's Avatar
      alirz -
      How will this make these songs work on the iPhone. I guess as they are not being stored then there is no syncing involved, then you would data acce in the device al the time.

      So how do listen to music in e.g a plane?
      This cloud idea is only makes sense for desktops
    1. julioa350's Avatar
      julioa350 -
      I would sign up for such subscription, I'm quite sick of Apple's dominance to be honest so yeah go go go GooGle Music
    1. demize95's Avatar
      demize95 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alirz View Post
      How will this make these songs work on the iPhone. I guess as they are not being stored then there is no syncing involved, then you would data acce in the device al the time.

      So how do listen to music in e.g a plane?
      This cloud idea is only makes sense for desktops
      As said in the article, it'll be cloud-based only if you pay $25 a year. And even then, you'll still get digital downloads, because that's the base of the service.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I can only wonder where this will end up...
      The toilet


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    1. Nelly998's Avatar
      Nelly998 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      I can only wonder where this will end up...
      The toilet


      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
      Doubt it, do you realize how big google is!
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      good luck google in trying to make me pay for something that i can already do with my iphone & pc at home nice try hahahahahaha.
    1. mastaryan's Avatar
      mastaryan -
      I think the digital locker was only available for the songs that are bought with google so pirated music won't be allowed. At least that's how I understood the article.
    1. smoothcreak's Avatar
      smoothcreak -
      If I'm not mistaken isn't pirated music just as bad as cracked apps?! Stealing is stealing! And to the user that stated it's free to do from a computer your right but you only have so much space on your comp why not have more room for other things like photos and programs than hog it up with music.
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      Good luck dealing with the blood sucking music labels. We're still waiting for the 60 second preview in iTunes store. They had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 20th century to sell digital media. Now to subscribe to listen to music that I've already downloaded and paid for and have on my devices already is a bit rich though. I already have my tunes on my pc and on my iphone so what's the benefit? Only if I travel and can't take my tunes with me. What's the incentive to change over? What if I have a prepaid phone, I have to buy more tunes in my google account and pay again to stream and listen to my tunes, again. Pay and pay and pay music service. I already have an iTunes account so now I have to have a google account too? And I can't upload the tunes I've already paid for. This would only work with devices with little or no storage capacity. Whether it's google or apple, I won't be changing my ways just to make more money for rich companies.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Quote Originally Posted by mastaryan View Post
      I think the digital locker was only available for the songs that are bought with google so pirated music won't be allowed. At least that's how I understood the article.
      Think you are right:

      Every music track licensed to Google would then be accessible to the user though their “digital locker.”
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      "This is the ultimate showdown, the ultimate destiny
      Good guys, bad guys, explosions, as far as the eye can see"
      lol
    1. deshawn1680's Avatar
      deshawn1680 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      good luck google in trying to make me pay for something that i can already do with my iphone & pc at home nice try hahahahahaha.
      I agree.....and most things can be torrented these days. Sure you risk the "legal" issue and possibly bad and/or improperly named tracks but to me it would be worth it if you're willing.
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      Perhaps there will be a web app compatible with the iPhone/Ipad
    1. fishbone's Avatar
      fishbone -
      if Google directors think I would ever aloud they to snoop into my harddrive to give the RIAA folks information about what I'm listening and how they must be on dope!
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Sounds pretty cool but I stream my own music right now. Not to mention I also stream my tv shows and movies too.
      Take that google and itunes!!