engine - 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.