Given the recent launch of Google's Music Beta, it's expected that anticipation will build up now for Apple's rivaling offer. The rumored 'iCloud' service is believed to be more than just a cloud-based music service, and today's halting of MobileMe sales by Amazon further fuels this speculation.
At this week's Google I/O developer conference, the Google Music Beta service was officially announced to the excitement of all except for the record label companies. After not being able to reach any deals with the music labels, Google proceeded with the beta launch without label support by releasing it as more of a digital music locker without a music store.
During today's opening keynote for Google I/O, they touched on all the major topics that folks were anticipating including Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Google Music, and Google TV, but they also added some unexpected developments. One of them being their new Android Open Accessory initiative, that will allow developers to create their own hardware accessories that can be controlled by Android.
Remember those rumors about Google's imminent cloud music service? Well, we're still not certain when they'll be able to work through their licensing issues and get their service off the ground, but we do have word from Reuters now that Apple will be beating them to the punch. According to their sources, Apple has completed work on their own cloud music service and is set to launch ahead of Google.
Amazon's Cloud Drive and streaming Cloud Player services dropped earlier than expected; the rumors had only really begun to coalesce a few days before, claiming the online retailer was struggling with the same content owner licensing issues that were plaguing Google and Apple. Instead, it seems, Amazon pushed ahead with the launch and simply expected the labels to fall into line. That, unsurprisingly, isn't going down well, and despite Amazon's protestations, it looks like the labels are readying themselves for a legal fight.
Apple, Google, and now Amazon - all tipped to be racing to offer their own "digital locker" services for users to store their digital media online and then stream it to mobile devices. According to CNET's sources, Amazon could announce a cloud-based storage system for music, video and ebook content as early as this week, despite not apparently having all the necessary licenses in place.
Google has reportedly begun internal testing of its new Google Music service, in a move which has led to speculation the streaming system is near to public launch. According to CNET's music industry sources, Google employees are dog-fooding Google Music amid ongoing negotiations that have already delayed two planned launch windows.
Google has just deployed a new e-books offering for the Android Market. Looking at their updated website, the navigation now has a "Books" tab sitting next to an "Android Apps" tab. From all the rumblings about a potential Google music service, there may soon be an additional two navigation tabs for music and movies.
I have used subscription music services before like Rhapsody and really liked them. I tend to like music for a while and then get tired of it and move on to something else so being able to get all the turns I want is better for me than buying single tracks that I will only listen to for a month or so. A couple new reports have surfaced that outline a bit about Google and its aspirations for a music service.
By now, you're probably already well into your fourth of July celebration. If not, you're already behind the curve, so start celebrating your long weekend! Most of you probably don't have work on Monday, so go ahead and take the time to relax -- you deserve it. We'll try and help you out tonight, in this edition of The Daily Slash. First up, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got some rumors about Android 2.2 and the original Droid, ColorWare wants to paint your new Xbox 360, and Verizon's been forced to fork out $21 million. And then in the Dredge 'Net, we've got a countertop that'll teach you things, a digital burial ground for the KIN, and some new information about Google Music.