Rumors about Google launching a music service have been ongoing for months as a result of music labels continuing to be stuck in the dark ages. This was until the service was spotted on an Android tablet with Gingerbread, the operating system for tablets, a few months. Today, Google launched its Music Beta service.
What will inevitably be a test of wills and laws, I wouldn’t be surprised if the RIAA and the sad music label posse – Sony, EMI, Universal Music and Warner Music Group – are gathering somewhere talking to lawyers and preparing lawsuits. Music executives better wakeup, if it’s not too late already. Based on the following statement, as reported by All Things Digital, it’s clear that music label executives have no clear vision of the future and are at the root of Google’s delayed launch:
“Unfortunately, a couple of the major labels were less focused on the innovative vision that we put forward, and more interested in an unreasonable and unsustainable set of business terms,” says Jamie Rosenberg, who oversees digital content and strategy for Google’s Android platform.
Maybe Google is trying to send a message taunting music execs to cooperate, or maybe Google has something else up its sleeve. Either way, I can’t wait to test it.
As an Android owner, this is the part that got me juiced up. The service, available by invite only, will allow users to store up to 20,000 songs and access through. Awesome! In its current state, no one can purchase any music, which is what Google was trying to negotiate with the major music labels. (Apparently, these labels really do want to die a slow excruciating death.)
Of course, Google Music Beta does have some competition with Amazon recently launching its own cloud-based music service, which does combine the ability to buy music. CNET published a table comparing the differences.
Will you try Google’s new Music Beta service? Let us know what you think of it.