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The Internet is buzzing about Google I/O, with many speculating on what major reveals the public can expect. Sources close to the Wall Street Journal, for instance, are insisting that Google's long awaited music service will be announced tomorrow. The service will act similarly to Amazon.com Inc.'s cloud service, which allows users to upload their own music files and stream them to supported devices.

The service's launch would indicate that Google has given up on talking with the four major music companies it has sought to appease before moving forward.

"Unfortunately, a couple of the major labels were less focused on the innovative vision that we put forward, and more interested in in an unreasonable and unsustainable set of business terms," said Jamie Rosenberg, Android Product Manager.

Rosenberg was quoted in a All Things Digital blog post explaining the service further and commenting on how its pricing would be affected by the product's launch. He didn't discount that like other Google services, users might enjoy rich experience even if they choose not to pay.

“I think as Google typically does, I think the free aspect will continue to be very generous.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal | All Things Digital

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  • hldc1

    To say that record labels are extremely unreasonable would be a huge understatement. If things went their way, they'd charge us for every single song we hear no matter if it's on our own radios or over department store speakers. A Google Music service is no different than an external hard drive. To hell with the record labels. If you've bought the music, you have the right to store it wherever you want. I personally think Google should tell the record labels to shove it. Hooray Google!

    • David Ruddock

      I tend to agree - but still, it's sad Google couldn't get a Spotify-like service going... Hopefully they'll buy them, though.

      • The Reverend T

        That would be great, BUT, Spotify's major shareholders are... the major record labels.

        You can't get around the jerks.

  • Mike

    Here's Google's main obstacle: I and a lot of other people are already invested in Amazon's service, and are very happy with it. So just offering the same thing in a different package won't be enough any more. Google is going to have to change the experience in a very worthwhile way to make people want to switch over. I am interested to see what they plan to offer but I don't think it will be enough.

    • Duffin

      That was my immediate thought, but my worry is they were banking on having something like Rhapsody or Spotify and that was going to be their big amazing feature. With that apparently off the table, I'm concerned it will just be a clone of Amazon. I'll still give Google a try since I have streaming issues with Amazon.