updated 05:50 pm EST, Wed February 16, 2011
Moto chief says Google Music due with Android 3
Motorola Mobility's CEO Sanjay Jha may have spoiled plans for Google Music in his discussion at Mobile World Congress. He blurted out that "there will be a music service" and tied it closely to the launch of Android 3.0. He didn't say whether it would port over Android phones, but Android 2.4 is likely.
The Xoom is due as soon as late February, but Google Music hasn't been shown in the interface so far or visible in hands-on tests.
As leaked so far, Google Music would be both a pay-per-track and streaming service. Its distinctive feature would be a music locker that would store a personal collection for access anywhere using technology taken from Simplify Media. Whether or not it comes along with the plan wouldn't be certain. Labels have reportedly blocked Google as they believe that any remote storage constitutes a second use and needs an extra royalty fee.
The services have been important enough that Google's Android lead Andy Rubin and others have supposedly been personally involved in negotiating the deals.
A YouTube movie service is also coming and has been more publicly acknowledged.
Media stores have been cast as necessary for the success of tablets and a key to the iPad. While Android has mostly succeeded without, paid media has been considered a weak point of the platform and has been splintered into different services.