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It seems that invitees to Google's big not-yet-officially-about-Google-Music-event have just received a second invitation - to the after party. Oh, and Maroon 5, Busta Rhymes, Dirty South, R3hab, and Drake will all be in attendance - and so will we.  We'll be watching the earlier event via livestream along with most everyone else (space is apparently very limited), but Android Police will present for the post-event-event Wednesday night, below. We're excited.

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But as awesome as the event's headliners are, we're still more interested in what it is Google and T-Mobile are launching that warrants such a high-profile promotion.

Now, we don't have any inside information regarding what's going to be going down on Wednesday in Los Angeles, but I think I might have a pretty good idea - so, humor me for a minute.

Given that the event is clearly focused around music (per the "These Go To Eleven" invitation we saw earlier last week and the musical guest list above), we think it's very safe to say that Google is planning on making an announcement related to its much-awaited Google Music storefront product.

The leaked screenshots of what is purported to be the Google Music Store are also clear evidence (if genuine, and we're pretty confident they are) that Google has been hard at work getting a store front ready for launch, and it looks pretty polished at this point to our eyes. This would indicate that a product launch is definitely close.

Finally, there was the inside story on Google Music's song-sharing model last month, leaked by a music industry insider who claimed that Google and the major labels had finally reached a distribution deal.

All signs point to the launch of the Google Music storefront being imminent. But where does T-Mobile come in? I've got a few ideas, and I'll list them from what I think is most to least likely:

  1. Unlimited Google Music streaming for T-Mobile customers: This, in my mind, is the most probable outcome of Wednesday's event. Given Google and T-Mobile's historic relationship with the Nexus line of phones (and the original G1), the two companies have clearly had some big product partnerships in the past. An agreement to allow T-Mobile smartphone customers to stream from Google Music without using any of their plan's data "bucket" would be an obvious way to promote Google's Music store over competing services, and would likely be coupled with a carrier billing option for those purchases. Combined with T-Mobile's 4G, the two could advertise that they stream the highest quality audio possible at the lowest cost - perhaps even giving Google Music streaming preferred bandwidth access (I wouldn't bet on that last part).
  2. Special Google Music subscription service for T-Mobile customers: This seems less likely in light of the insider rumor that Google Music will not be based on a streaming subscription access model, but rather an MP3 storefront with social song sharing. However, it's possible that Google has licensed the rights to its entire music library to T-Mobile (this is unlikely given that Google's distribution agreement with the record companies probably forbids this sort of thing), and that T-Mobile customers will be able to pay a very competitive monthly fee to access this library. This could be in conjunction with the above unlimited streaming idea.
  3. Galaxy Nexus For T-Mobile And Google Music Store Credit: This is definitely possible, but it seems less likely than my first suggestion. There have been no signs of a GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus hitting the FCC yet, though obviously European versions will be packing such radios, and FCC filings can be obfuscated and temporarily hidden from public view at the request of the filing party (Edit: Whoops, guess there has been a GSM Galaxy Nexus at the FCC - my bad.) Given that T-Mobile has been the official Nexus handset launch partner in the US historically, we wouldn't put this rumor completely out of contention. T-Mobile customers buying the Galaxy Nexus could get a nice big Google Music gift card of sorts - and again, this could just as easily be coupled with my first suggestion.
  4. Google Buying T-Mobile Instead Of AT&T: This is very, very unlikely, but given that AT&T has faced a lot of scrutiny over its decision to purchase T-Mobile, we wouldn't say it's impossible. File this under the "in our dreams" category. The heavy focus on the music theme of the event also make this seem even more improbable as a venue for such a serious announcement.

What do you think is going down on Wednesday? Let us know in the comments.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    I know it is truly a one-off subject from the post, but Google buying T-Mobile right now is nearly out of the question since they just dumped a small fortune on Motorola Mobility. Anything short of an almost total stock trade-off to achieve a merger, which Google would never want to do, there's just no way either company can facilitate that arrangement...right now :)

    I would really like to see that happen, because it would all but ensure T-Mobile would explode in growth thanks to new features and even better pricing options.

  • Ricky Jr.
  • Ryan

    No evidence of a GSM version hitting the FCC? You mean like the one that hit several weeks ago... October 8th to be exact? Oh... yeah...

    https://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/reports/ViewExhibitReport.cfm?mode=Exhibits&RequestTimeout=500&calledFromFrame=N&application_id=150400&fcc_id=%27A3LGTI9250

    • David Ruddock

      That's my mistake - don't know how I missed it. Fixed.

  • Alex

    Need the Galaxy Nexus to come out. The phone is a few weeks from arrival and there is no price...

  • Hotmann

    I would kill for #4...

  • L boogie

    With Android 4.0 looming, the possibilities are out there but did anybody really see that google would purchase Motorola? I'm looking forward to what the google music store is bringing to the forefront though, google buying t-mobile would definitely put a wtf spin on the mobile universe.

    • Freak4Dell

      The acquisition was announced in August, and Motorola shareholders will vote on Thursday regarding whether they want to proceed with the acquisition or not. I don't really expect to see any significant opposition from the shareholders.

  • Freak4Dell

    Ah...I see you got a hold of some of those shrooms I had when I guessed #4 on the initial post about this event.

  • Edd

    I quite like the idea that AP is "presenting" the post-event-event party, yet sadly all I can picture is Artem doing a dreadful karaoke :)

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Oh dear God =X

  • scuttlefield

    Ahhh, the dream of #4! That wonderful, delusional dream!!! Now, it reality, I think the best to hope for is #3. Being a T-mo customer, this would be AWESOME! ...especially considering that I'm just now coming up on my upgrade time!! Please, please, please...!!

  • http://mgamerzproductions.com Mgamerz

    I don't see how #1 could be possible since they would have to do packet inspection on your data, and I'm pretty sure that's illegal (though they probably do it anyways). I'm going to guess it's a small bonus for T-Mobile customers, like maybe 10 free songs for a limited time or something.

    • ZombiePete

      You don't have to do perform any deep packet inspection to utilize traffic-shaping or QoS. It can be based on factors as varied as ports and/or protocols used, addressing information, etc. Hell, with something like Google Music, you could easily just prioritize data to-and-from the IPs for the Google Music servers.

      Packet inspection is not illegal, by the way. Typically when you use someone's network you consent to some type of monitoring. Deep packet inspection and data recreation is so ridiculously easy with the right tools it's insane. The only way you can avoid it is with encryption.

  • lincthra

    I don't think #4 will ever happen. Think of how the other carriers would react in terms of Android after that, and possibly how other mobile OS companies would then react to letting their phones on TMo. While on one hand it seems like it'd be awesome, on the other I think it would close the market too much (even if it wasn't Google doing the closing, but the other companies' reactions).

    • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

      What would be wrong with one carrier for Android and three carriers for iOS?

      • J

        Considering iOS users apparently use up so much bandwidth it forces carriers to go tiered.... Verizon had no problem with all of us Android'ers running around with unlimited data till iOS showed up...

        Maybe instead of T-Mobile, Google should get Rebel Wireless. $20/month for unlimited everything - voice, data, text.... The ability to pass calls over wifi as well as cell. They'd just need to get a partnership going with Verizon to handle the non-wifi data (instead of or in addition to Sprint). They've better LTE & IMHO voice/3G saturation (at least around here anyway).... Maybe "commission" Moto to pump up some updated versions of their current phones.... the RAZR^G, Wifi calling enabled, bump the processor up to the upcoming quadcores, no blur or bloatware so they can be updated at the same time as the Nexus line...