Google Music Downloads Coming, Subscription Next
In what could prove to be a welcomed move for music labels, Google Inc. is planning to release a music download service that’s tied to its search engine later this year. The Wall Street Journal is also reporting that Google will introduction of an online subscription music service sometime in 2011. Many in the industry hope is that with Google’s marketplace entry, Apple’s dominate position will be slightly shaken.
Initially, it’s expected that Google’s music service will permit fans searching for music in their engine to be linked directly to a Google store where they could then buy and download tracks. It is believed that the store would enable Google to position themselves in as a cloud-based subscription service, allowing users to stream music directly from the internet to their mobile phones.