updated 09:15 am EDT, Wed October 21, 2009
Google Audio due very soon
A rumor today hints that Google may be on the verge of launching its own music service. More than one source claims to TechCrunch that a service dubbed Google Audio is "imminent" and that it has involved securing rights from music labels over the course of the past few weeks. At least a US release is supposedly confirmed.
Most other details aren't known, including whether it's a true full-length song service or whether any tracks would be downloadable or only stream online.
A Google music service potentially creates a more definitive rift between the search firm and Apple following Eric Schmidt leaving Apple's board and the unveiling of Chrome OS as Google's first desktop-class operating system, as both would have competing services with commercial music. Schmidt had already been forced to periodically recuse himself from Apple meetings due to Android.
It may also create a conflict with Amazon, whose MP3 store is the default gateway for mobile downloads on multiple Android phones.