Google Wants To Change How You Hear Music

All Your Bass Are Belong To Google      15/09/10

Google Wants To Change How You Hear Music


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Google is working on a new project that promises to change the way you listen to music, eliminating your CDs and music library and replacing them with a cloud-based subscription music library. 

Google wants to charge you about $25 a year to store your music library in an Internet "music locker" that you could access from your home computer, wireless music players and mobile devices. In addition, they plan on offering an iTunes-style music store, except that you would download music directly from the store into your music locker. 

There are several other interesting features of Google's planned service:

  • The service would scan your hard drive for music files and make it available via your cloud-based account. 
  • You would listen to music via a Web-based music player or applications for your mobile device. 
  • Google wants to let you listen to a full-track stream of every song once, after which you would be limited to a 30-second sample of the song.
  • The service would include social networking features, letting you send playlists to friends and letting them listen to your entire playlist once.
  • Prices in Google's music store are expected to be around US $1 per single and $10 per album. 

What do you think of Google's plan? Would you be interested in storing all your music in an Internet "music locker"?

via Billboard, image via Mike Fischer

James Lewin
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