Google Music Store coming soon
Reports are indicating that Google will be launching their online music store in the next couple of weeks give or take. Google, who launched Beta Music back in early Summer of this year lets you upload your music collections to the Google cloud to give users the ability to listen to their music anywhere, sync to your devices/computers and even play your music offline.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google Music will be taking Beta Music to another level soon launching an online music store that looks to compete directly with Apple’s iTunes and even Spotify. Spotify recently launched in the U.S. and partnered with Facebook to share in a social music experience, similar also to what Myspace has done in the past and what they are trying to plan to refocus on in the near future - although Myspace’s success is probably just a glimmer in the eye and if Google Music does launch their online music store, there will be absolutely no room in social music for Myspace.
Google Music plans to integrate Google Plus as well, which would be the obvious path for Google to take. So with Google Music and social networking integrated directly into it, it will be like the best of both worlds (Facebook + iTunes), so I am hoping Google can come through.
With the Google Music Store you should be able to listen to songs once for free and then if you want to hear it again will have to purchase it for .99 cents, which is the standard price set forth by Apple although listening to songs once free will be a step above iTunes.
You can currently get Music Beta in the Android Market but it’s invite only still. Hopefully if you can hold out for a bit longer, we should all be able to see the new music store and experience it ourselves.