Oct 19 AT 2:40 PM Dustin Earley 17 Comments

Google music store launching soon – with a twist


Almost a week ago now, on October 13, the New York Times reported that Google was finishing up talks with record labels in final preparation for the launch of their music store. Today, at Asia D, Google’s Andy Rubin confirmed this.

Although no specific date for when the launch would take place was given, Rubin said, “I think we’re close.” And it’s about time. Google’s music store has been in the works since I/O 2010. Of course since that time, we’ve been able to use Google Music as an online storage locker for music purchased through other services or given away by Google, but a full fledged iTunes competitor has yet to come forward. When it finally does, though, it won’t just be your average run-of-the-mill music store. There’s going to be a twist. Rubin wouldn’t go into details, but he did say Google Music “will have a little twist; it will have a little Google in it. It won’t just be selling 99-cent tracks.”

Now that record labels have moved past looking at Google as a simple search company, it’s only a short matter of time before content starts flowing in. As far as the twist goes, that’s anyone’s guess. Streaming plans, music rental, all you can download subscription service? What do you think Google’s twist will be?

Source: All Things D

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://goo.gl/ZGOGL Troy

    Easy. It will integrate with YouTube. ;)

  • Marc

    I’d love to see some audio-based search, à la Shazam.
    Or better,something that lets you hum the tune you’re looking for.

    • asdf

      You mean like Shoundhound?

  • wondercoolguy

    The twist is Bruce Willis is dead? ummmm They will call the google music store “Mr. Glass”? That the planets will attack us? That the google music store will be actually made in the present?

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    • Sway_212

      Are you a troll, dear Sire?

  • http://goo.gl/ZGOGL Troy

    Youtube integration, DUH!! More on my prediction here:

  • droiddewd

    I hope it will have the option to find a song that you are listening to like Soundhound but to also have it be available on all your Android devices once you buy it.

  • Nathan

    Can’t wait and see what it is =)

  • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jes

    Maybe buy concert tickets through the service? (If so I might as well just start signing my paychecks over to Google.) Oh or maybe integration into Google+?

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    I’m hoping for integration with other services (YouTube, Google+), the usual buy tracks, a chance to win tickets to concerts, a Search bar to search by Band name, genre, location, year, tours and shows. Also integration with bands official online-stores.

    Even if the services wont get any of this, I still love it how it is, I always get over-excited with Music Beta news, can’t really understand why.

  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    you know what would be a real twist?


    but i would guess that as youtube is now selling tickets and merchendise so will google music.

  • pjax

    Ad supported listening

  • Adam

    integration with doubleTWIST ???

  • Tony

    Google has a tradition of offering free stuff (email, photo storage, website builder, blog, online office suite, etc) so I think they’ll go the route of offering a few free songs a week to anyone with a Google account. Our library recently implemented a service called Freegal where you can use your library card – even from home – and download 3 free tracks per week. No DRM. No payment. If Google does go this route, they’ll simply collect more data from your “shopping” habits but I’m all for trading some info for some free virtual swag.

  • lolobabes

    From what I read once you purchase you can share the music to a friend and he can listen to the same song for a limited period.

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