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Will Google Music take on Apple’s iTunes?

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Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 9:22 am

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Will Google Music take on Apple’s iTunes?

The story that Google is going into the music business, first floated by Tech Crunch last fall, has returned with CNet’s Greg Sandoval citing “multiple music industry sources” saying the launch could come this fall.

Google has already signaled that it wishes to give users of phones equipped with Google’s Android operating system a better music offering. At Google’s I/O conference last month, the search engine offered attendees a demonstration of a Web-based iTunes competitor. Also TechCrunch reported two weeks ago that it discovered a “Google Music” logo hosted on Google’s domain.

The idea is to combine Google search with a downloading and/or streaming capacity. The music industry, squeezed by iTunes’ dominance, would welcome the move, according to Sandoval.

A Google-backed challenge to Apple’s dominance of legal online music sales would be warmly welcomed by the top labels. They have tried for years to convince heavy hitters such as Google, Facebook, and AOL to take on iTunes.

But if Google Music takes down iTunes, notes Andrew Orlowski at the Register, consumers could simply find themselves with a different monopolist.

If Google were to employ the same ruthless approach to music as it did with books, Google Music could be a serious challenger not just to every music retailer on the planet, but every producer and rights owner too. We’ll have to see if the company has been chastised by the experience, in which governments eventually turned against the landgrab. I suspect it hasn’t.

Inside Google has reported on the search giant muscling its way into new online markets. Playing the same song here?

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Margot Williams

- who has written 49 posts on Inside Google.

Margot Williams has more than two decades of experience in roles as investigative researcher, research editor, database editor, technology trainer and library director at The New York Times, The Washington Post, Gannett newspapers and Time Warner. She was lead researcher on two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at The Washington Post for reporting on terrorism in 2002 and for an investigation of the use of deadly force by the District of Columbia police in 1999. Margot is the co-author of “Great Scouts! CyberGuides for Subject Searching on the Web” (Cyberage Books, 1999) and contributed to the “Networkings” column in The Washington Post for five years.

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One Response to “Will Google Music take on Apple’s iTunes?”

  1. Raphaelle Says:

    It’s bad for the future!

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