New Label Piracy Concerns Could Force Google Music To Delay Christmas Launch
It appears increasingly likely that Google Music will not launch in time to take advantage of the lucrative holiday shopping season. The major roadblock is label resistance to Google's desire to offer an online music locker along with downloads and perhaps music streams. The labels are worried that users will store pirated songs along with legal downloads.
"What's been holding things up is that the labels will do downloads, but they need to know more about the locker service, and Google really wants to keep the two together," a source told the NY Post. "All those details have to be sussed out and they [Google] have to get back to us with details."