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Well, this is exciting. We knew it was only a matter of time before El Goog decided to get into the music streaming biz, and according to the Wall Street Journal, the company is currently in talks with several record labels to fire up a Spotify-esque service.

If true, the service is said to become part of Google Music, which only makes sense. Currently, Music allows users upload their own music libraries and stream them from any web browser or Android device, and the addition of a streaming service would likely give users access to unlimited music outside of that collection for a monthly fee. While Spotify and similar services cost around $10 a month, it's unclear at this time how much Big G would be charging, but it's probably safe to assume it will be very competitively priced, if not even cheaper.

Similarly, the WSJ is also reporting that the company is looking to start a similar service on YouTube, where users can pay a monthly fee for both music videos and audio-only tracks.

Naturally, there's no word as to when either service could go live, but it's not outside the realm of possibility that Google could be looking to conclude talks in the coming weeks and announce official availability at this year's I/O conference.

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Cameron Summerson
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  • http://twitter.com/xplodwild Guillaume

    If it's cheaper than Spotify, I go for it immediately.

  • JensAstrup

    I wish I could fall in love with streaming services and even with keeping all of my music in the cloud, but it's not feasible for me in NYC. The largest portion of time that I listen to music is in the subway where there is obviously no service. They are rolling out WiFi to some subway stations, but until the city catches up with modern life, I'm stuck with my songs on the SD card.

    • Elemetrix

      That's why I like Spotify. It covers the best of both worlds as you can save over 3000 tracks for offline use.
      An entirely cloud based solution is no good for me either.

    • Timothy Bess

      Google music lets you download tracks for offline use.

  • elias iseid

    I see "EL Goog" alot, why write it backwords?

    • http://twitter.com/gobmegaton Alessandro Pomponio

      Not 100% sure about it, but i think because it sound spanish/mexican-esque and sounds cool lol
      I may have sais a lot of non-sense things, if it's so then I don't really know why would it be that way : )

    • Chemlo

      I see it a lot on Engadget. They try to be quirky/"funny" in their "articles".

      I have since stopped reading Engadget.

  • James Bryant

    How about starting by letting the rest of the world use Google Music. That would be a tremendous start because right now without that it severely hampers a nexus phone with only 8gb

  • LiamBryant

    I don't know...how quickly would they (if even at all) be able to amass enough music to compete with Spotify's 15 million tracks?

    • duplissi

      don't they have all major music labels on board with google music?

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    I just don't care. Google is completely incompetent when it comes to dealing with international markets, so I simply assume this won't affect 6.7 billion out of the 7 billion that live on this planet.

  • Jeremy Gilliam

    This would be great! Free would be best, with commercials, but a premium service at a good price is doable.

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