Report:Google Testing its Music Service Internally
Samir Makwana, Mar 28, 2011 1722 hrs IST
Employees have been testing cloud-based Google Music for a while now
Google always keeps a low profile when it comes to testing a major service. CNET reported that Google has already begun testing the Google Music app with Cloud server sync facilities according to music industry sources. The sources further stated Google's plans of bringing the service along with four top recording labels. As per the recent buzz, Google employees are already testing the music service internally. Indeed the Android maker would be working on something big to beat the big player Apple.
Earlier this month, a member of XDA Developers forum posted details about stumbling into the Google Music service after installing Android 3.0 Honeycomb on his Android phone. Though it was a working version, many international music industry insiders state that actual music service would be different. Google foresaw the seriousness of the competition and is already rumoured to be working on the Google Music service behind closed doors.
Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that Apple has been in talks with music labels to offer unlimited music downloads. Apparently, rumour mills buzz that Apple would be making a major music-related announcement later this year at a music-themed event. Usually, Apple holds such events every year to launch new generation iPods.
Google wants to create a sort of music locker service that will let users store their "existing" music libraries on to the cloud servers. That means in case you update your smartphone, lose it or it needs to be formatted, the music on the phone is safely locked on the cloud servers.
Recording Labels want Google to join the music-scene and compete with Apple iTunes diplomacy. The music industry has been counting heavily on digital music sales after staggering numbers of physical CD sales. But the recent numbers aren't too pleasing.
Soon, Google will join the music scene and it would then be interesting to see how users get to sync their music between the device and the one lying on their computer hard drive. Google hasn't released any data syncing software for Android and if it follows the same rule then there won't be one for music syncing too.
No details on the Google Music launch are available as yet. But it's quite possible that it would show up with next Android 2.4 update dubbed as Ice Cream at the Google I/O conference in May this year.