Google will be joining the online music world with Apple and Amazon. Google is expected to unveil the online music store sometime today, Wednesday, November 16, 2011. Google has already signed a deal with four of the major music units including Universal Music Group, Sony Corp, Vivendi Sa, and EMI Group Ltd. Warner Music Group has yet to reach an agreement with Google because they are concerned about pricing and piracy. Songs will cost 99 cents to $1.29, just like Apple iTunes and Amazon MP3 stores.
Google Music is reported to allow you to share your songs and / or playlists with contacts on Google+, a social networking service. GizModo reported that “As it stands now in beta, Google Music is just a cloud locker for the stuff you already have—a way to listen to your library from any computer or via iOS/Android app.”
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is already in a struggling fight with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) amongst Smartphone users to keep at number one. Google Android makes up 53 percent of the smartphones making it number 1 in the industry. While Apple’s iPhone software has 15 percent in the third quarter. With that said, iTunes had $1.5 billion in revenue in Apple’s most recent quarter and iTunes customers have downloaded about 16 billion songs.
Apple iTunes isn’t the only one Google Music will have to worry about in the online music world. Spotify started in July and has already grown to 2 million subscribers that pay between $5 to $10 a month for a premium service that has no advertising. Spotify also partnered with Facebook for users to share their playlist with their friends.
Google Music did debut a beta version earlier in the year that allowed users to upload their own music. According to CNET, “Google debuted a beta version of a music service earlier this year. That service didn’t include the ability to buy songs from labels. Rather, users could upload their entire music libraries to Google’s servers, making those tunes available to stream from any browser or Android-based device, such as a phone, a tablet, or Google TV.”
So if you’ve been on the fence about purchasing an Apple iPhone or any other Apple product because you don’t like the iTunes feature. You might want to think about Google Android, if their music store turns out to be anything like iTunes, but with better functions. There’s been no word if the existing 20,000 song cloud cap will stay in place. With Google’s power, we might be seeing a successful music store that competes well with Apple iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
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