|Google Launches Android-Based Music Store With Added Google+|
| 4:40 pm on Nov 17, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Google Launches Android-Based Music Store With Added Google+ [bbc.co.uk]
|Google has launched an online music store in the US, which will allow devices running its Android software to buy, store and stream MP3 files. |
EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal and 23 independent labels are providing content to create a library of 13 million songs.
However, Warner Music Group has opted not to take part at this point.
The service poses a challenge to Apple's dominance of the sector.
|Google is also integrating its new service with its Google+ social network. |
Users will be able to share songs with their Circles contacts who can listen to the full length of the tracks one time without making a purchase.
Clearly, Google is seeking another revenue stream away from search.
| 5:37 pm on Nov 17, 2011 (gmt 0)|
|However, Warner Music Group has opted not to take part at this point. |
I've never understood these kind of decisions. There is virtually no risk. The worst that happens is you don't sell any songs...you're infrastructure to provide them probably already exists, and interfacing it with Google's store should be trivial.
This is why the music industry "struggles"
| 5:19 am on Nov 18, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Yes, Gibble, the way I see it they have been offered access to a low cost traffic, and they opted out. I like to hear why though.
| 7:49 am on Nov 18, 2011 (gmt 0)|
I think it might be about distribution cost issue, I checked the price for full album for Coldplay on Google Music and iTunes. At Google Music, only $4.99 but iTunes $9.99. That might be major concern to music company.
| 8:13 pm on Nov 18, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Coldplay is doing a one-off with Google. Check out the other pricing. Amazon, iTunes and Google are all the same. Can you say MAP pricing?
| 8:17 pm on Nov 18, 2011 (gmt 0)|
And typical of Google's "me too" pursuits, their preview player has no volume control.