According to an executive at Google, their much-anticipated music service will be launching later this year. It’s also purportedly going to be a big part of the next version of Android. This move by Google follows shortly after Apples announcement that it too will be launching a new streaming music service of its own linked to iTunes in the near future.
There is sadly not much more information to be found. I ran a check on about thirty other blogs. All of them say pretty much what you found in my first paragraph. The good news here is that info should start trickling in soon. The new music service is slated to hit during the 4th quarter. The first half of this year is already a thing of the past – yes, seriously. Time has flown by that fast.
Android has built a user-base that is growing rapidly. There are around 160,000 new Android devices being activated on a daily basis. Even though those numbers are nowhere near that of the new iPhone 4, it still shows that Google is steadily gaining ground. I fully believe (as do others) that a Google music service could give a similar Streaming iTunes application a run for its money.
What are your thoughts? Do you believe that you will become a dedicated listener to a music service from Google? Does having this capability baked into Android “Gingerbread” make you think about purchasing a device for that reason alone?