During the conference AsiaD Google has officially confirmed that it is preparing to launch a music store, which will be something more than “just selling songs for 99 cents. “However, although announced that the launch will take place soon, rumors point to the problems, related with conclusion of contracts with the record labels.
The latest rumor indicates the start of a store a few days ago. It seems that the company is ready to start the service, by entering into an agreement with only half the major record companies. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is ready to conclude agreements with the two studios, while the other two have so far failed to convince.
So, it is reported that the agreement with EMI has already been achieved, though, may not have all the formalities are met. Universal Music Group is also very close to the signing of the agreement with Google. However, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group remain skeptical with regard to the new service. Sony is reportedly concerned that Google does little to address piracy. Warner more concerned about money – Google Music still free, while Apple’s iTunes Match will generate income.
It is assumed, however, that Google Music can get a version with a paid subscription, when it’s out of beta testing. This fee-based service, it is possible, will work on the analogy with iTunes Match.
Music store Google will search giant keep up with proposals Apple and Amazon, as well as, perhaps, enhance the attractiveness of their service Google+ due to, for example, the possibility of publishing purchased songs for one-time listening to friends.