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Oct

Google Music's Music Store is ready to rise from the ashes. The New York Times is claiming Google and the record companies are close to a deal to make the music store a reality. Finally, we will be afforded the privilege of paying the record companies for their music.

If you don't remember, Google Music was originally slated to launch with a music store when it came out 5 months ago, but the deals fell through. Google resorted to launching a "music locker," which allowed you to upload songs from your computer to cloud storage, and then stream the music to your devices or a browser.

If the store is still anything like what was demoed at Google I/O 2010, it's going to be pretty cool. You get push music syncing, just like the Android Market. You click "buy" on your computer and your devices automatically start downloading. Here's the video to jog your memory.

Maybe this is what Google Music needs to shed it's beta status?

Source: The New York Times via Android Central

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • Zomby2D

    What Google music needs is to be available outside of the US. I know there are workarounds but with Google and Amazon releasing a bunch of US-centric products it's hard not to get annoyed in other countries. I understand there are some licencing considerations but if other companies can do it, I'm sure Google can too.

  • here

    Meh. Why buy when you can stream for 10 dollars a month? This is like opening a CD store in 2001, individual music purchases are only going downhill from here and there's little to gain from entering that market.

    At least in the legal market for movies and books you can classify content as "premium", thus Netflix usually gets old content and so on. But with music? Why should I buy even one song, when I already have them all on Spotify?

    • SiliconAddict

      Because if I want to stop paying $10 a month I still want access to my collection. $10 a months gives you access to a ton of music....that's great, but it can be lost in a heartbeat.

  • John

    Greedy music companies are slowly taking me back towards illegal downloads. Make it convenient and at a good price and more of us will continue doing it the right way. Otherwise dig your own grave music and movie companies!

  • Skitchbeatz

    the google music app still needs a lot if work before it sheds the beta tag. Lossless playback/better battery usage being the biggest

  • josh

    Funny they show google music on safari

  • http://www.banshee.org Erik Gaudin

    The question is.... available outside US ????
    It's not encourage people in Canada to stop downloading music from P2P site....
    I hope it will be release in multiple country

    • SiliconAddict

      It won't. You guys just don't get it. The RIAA has final say in where you can and can't use services that use their wares. Don't point the finger at Google, point it at the music industry.

  • Alex

    Once Google starts building their store, they'll probably either A. build their own streaming music service or B. purchase another streaming service (probably not Spotify, but something else - maybe Grooveshark?). Then they can offer both songs for purchase and streaming in one web-based store and player.

    • here

      Spotify has had purchases along with streaming for two years. First as a service provided by 7digital, then with an in-house store. Really, you can buy music and download it, copy it to a pen drive, whatever. They're just files.

      The other day they announced their 2010 revenue. $100M, up 458% from 2009. 70 from subscriptions, 30 from ads, and virtually zero from purchases.

      It just makes no economical sense.

  • franz

    I have all my music in the current "music locker". Why would I need any of this shit?

    I'm more concerned that we are going to have to pay for the current music beta functionality.

    • http://twitter.com/mikeGsays Mike Garcia

      Agreed, for the most part.... I have 12K songs uploaded to it, and I have absolutely shelved my 64GB ZuneHD because of Google Music since it wasn't able to hold even that many songs on it, so I really wouldn't mind having to pay to use the locker storage if necessary (albeit a small amount, nothing like $20 a month or something absurd). I really don't care for or need to buy music - store my music and charge me (or not) or turn into iTunes and force me to buy music and I'll fire up my ZuneHD again!

  • Paul

    What I would wont is a itunes like app that you buy your music & sync with your phone wirelessly like Winamp. & use the same pc/tablet based application to sync all your photos, videos. With data being patchy in most areas of the UK, streaming your own music (over 30000 tracks, I dont see the point.

  • SiliconAddict

    Joy....no doubt for the low low price of $1.99 for new tracks....and when I say new its whatever the RIAA defines as "new" and .99 cents for old tracks which is anything 40 years or more of age.
    Don't worry folks. Have no fear, the RIAA is here to bend you over.

  • asdf

    Hmmm, your comment seems a bit sammy. We're not real big on spam around here.

    Please go back and try again.

  • Yan

    I hope they have something like Amazon's MP3 store, where you actually purchase the MP3 file, not some streaming crap that's dependent on the internet!

    It would also be nice if they had an MP3 shopping-cart, which Amazon does not have. I've been waiting to buy a ton of MP3's...