Google Looking To Get Into The Music Biz?

As the big boys in tech continue to eat into each others business models, is it really that surprising to hear Google is considering getting into the music distribution business?

Apple’s iTunes Music Store has been the poster child for showing the music industry that suing and harassing its customers might not be the only way to make money in the 21st century.

But the record labels have been nervous about putting all their eggs into Apple’s basket, always looking to spread the risk amongst digital distribution services, such as Napster, Coke’s iMusic effort and a number of other largely unsuccessful ventures.

But what would Google bring to the digital music landscape that might tempt users away from iTunes? Well, Google’s web presence is beyond question. Their ability to create an open, searchable and socially interactive music store would be a big draw to the record labels, currently forced to work inside Apple’s proprietary world.

Users could expect a more cloud-based service too. For a while people have been wondering when Apple’s service would go fully web-based – buy online, subscribe online, stream from the web to anywhere, download at will, etc.

The question is, will this be a win/win for everyone, or will this end up being one more stick for the record industry to beat Apple with?

Source: Cnet

Written by Toby Leftly

Toby is a Mac nerd, a hardware nerd and a web nerd, rolled into one. You can find him at accentmedia.ca or on Twitter.
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Jeff
June 15th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I think this will be great. like the article stated above, Google could do so many things with a music distribution service. I eagerly wait for this, and Google IS going to rule the world some day…

 

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