Jul 15 AT 8:05 AM Alberto Vildosola 19 Comments

Google to launch music marketplace?

When Google announced Google Music back in May, there was a huge feature missing from the service:  the ability to buy songs from inside Google Music. The main reason Google wasn’t able to add this was due to licensing deals. Basically, the company couldn’t reach a deal with music labels, so it decided to launch the service anyway without song purchasing abilities.

There are other features missing from Google Music, as well. One of those is song recognition. This would let Google Music recognize the songs you have on your computer and put them in your Google Music library without actually uploading the files. Both song recognition and song purchasing require a licensing deal with music companies, and it looks like Google has managed to get them at last.

What you see below is a screenshot of the new Market app’s resources. As you can see, these are most of the graphics the app uses to draw buttons at runtime. Hidden among the sea of buttons are a handful of graphics that don’t quite fit in. And they are the Music buttons.

These colored shopping bag icons are used in the Android Market to distinguish between different sections inside the app. The Movies sections has a red shopping bag, the app section has a green one, the Books section is blue, and it looks like the music section will have an orange shopping bag. Fun fact:  that orange color is the same one used on the Google Music website.

What does this mean? Well, it could mean one of two things. First theory, Google already came to an agreement with music companies and it’s now working on adding these features. If this is the case, we could see Google make an announcement any moment now. The second explanation could be that Google hasn’t reached an agreement yet, but is getting ready to add the features the second they sign the deals. In this scenario, there’s no way to know when the company will be able to add these features. It could be this week, next month or next year.

Either way, we’re surely getting closer to the day when we’ll be able to buy songs or sign up for a subscription with Google Music. Coincidentally, this week we saw the emergence of yet another music service. After bringing years of enjoyment to our European brothers, Spotify is now available here in the US. Does Spotify’s ability to finally come to the US means music labels are being more open-minded about music streaming services? Who knows? But if I were a betting man, I’d say Google is about to make some pretty big announcements about Google Music.

[Thanks, Tony]

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://steveedson.co.uk SteveEdson

    “sing up for a subscription” – pun intended? I loved spotify here in the UK, but then they changed it so you can only listen to a track 5 times for free and only have a certain quota per month.

    So now I use Google Music :)

    • http://Website John

      How do you use Google Music if you reside in the UK? =O

      • http://Website Peter

        Request the invite using a US proxy. Once it arrives everything works without a proxy.

  • http://Website gorgik

    While this would be nice, it would also be nice if they ever updated the bug-ridden android app. Google? Bueller?

  • http://Website JGreene

    Google music seems to drain my battery when im using it weather im on wifi or 3g……

    • http://Website Android Power

      Maybe because it’s constantly running, and over your data networks. just like pandora also drains battery, because it is doing power-heavy things.

  • http://Website Inquizitor

    May I propose changing the title of this article? The way it currently reads, people may think you’re just really behind the times, since there is a Google Music app in the market. Maybe “Is Google about to launch their Music marketplace?”

    • http://Website Inquizitor

      Oh, wow. This is actually quite an honor! :D

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com max

    i think a music marketplace would be great. google could make the music market place redefined.

  • http://Website Trisjen1983

    Excellent move on Google’s part! It was only a matter of time. Google could do so much with this. I guess it is true about Larry Page saying this is only the beginning to what they are about to unveil. I can’t wait. I’m just glad I have google music because I can’t stand being tied to itunes.

  • http://Website Steffen

    There are already enough places to buy music… They need to focus on making the music uploader app for linux based operating systems! You couldn’t pay me to put windows on my computer or to use a mac, and running the uploader in wine leaves much to be desired.

  • http://MrVacuumlungz.tumblr.com TonyG.

    You’re most welcome,
    I had to tell you guys once I found these icons.

  • http://punmobile.net punzz

    Streaming without buying, we can found it at youtube, and its better : mv

  • http://androidosin.blospot.com Harry

    this would be great and quality of music expected would be the best.

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  • http://Website Android4Life

    That is the only thing keeping me using Amazon CloudPlayer. If I was able to buy music right off Android market, I’d dump amazon in a heartbeat.

  • nexus15

    I hate to say it but a few icons really doesnt mean much. It could be a placeholder assuming at some future point there will be deals with the labels. I don’t know about other people, but since I didn’t buy my music from Google or iTunes how can the labels verify that the song recognition isn’t giving me music that I MAY have just downloaded illegally? So far I am not a fan of the labels, or how much money and control they such from an artist. I prefer the current beta state with a hands off approach. I would even take it as-is and pay Google $25/year or whatever for the locker service itself, maybe more if if the cloud supported ‘enhanced features’ for other Google services.

    I just don’t see how song recognition will work for stuff I have ripped vs stuff I have warez’d vs stuff I bought from iTunes, amazon, etc.