Ever since Google Music Beta was launched, the inability able to purchase music has left us feeling that the service was incomplete — at least when compared to similar offerings by others (most notably Amazon).
So why didn’t Google offer this service from the outset? It is widely believed that Google’s negotiations with record labels to provide content to Google Music users were stalled and that Google simply wasn’t able to shore up these deals in time for their desired launch date.
Nearly four months after Google started sending out the first wave of music invites, rumors are now heating up that Google is all set to launch their music store. We reported last week that Google was in fact launching their music store soon and that it would allow users to share purchased songs with others.
Today’s rumor suggests that the release may be imminent. The rumor comes from Germany-based News on Droid, who pointed their mobile browser to music.google.com and were greeted with the following screen (a larger version can be found in the gallery).
As you can see from the above image, the second bullet point suggests you will soon be able to purchase millions of songs on the Android market. When you click on the shop Android Market button, it takes you to market.android.com/music, which takes you to a not-yet-live page on Google’s site.
Yes, it’s possible that this screenshot could be an elaborate Photoshop job, as I was unable to replicate the page after attempting multiple accounts on multiple devices. That being said, we do believe that a Google Music Store is coming soon and has been in development since at least July when a new set of Music Store icons were found behind the scenes in the newest Android Market build.
All of these rumors point to a release date for Google Music Store on the horizon. As usual, we’ll keep you informed as soon as we receive official word from Google. Stay tuned!