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Google Music Beta due soon, won't go for label approval [U]

updated 09:35 pm EDT, Mon May 9, 2011

Google cloud music due to appear at Google IO

(Update: technical details) Google Music will finally get its official showing at Google I/O and should take a cue from Amazon in challenging music labels. Managers said Monday night that the service, Music Beta, would follow Amazon Cloud Player and go without a label license. The system described to the NYT would be "passive" and require both that users upload their own music and stream, but not download, the content they own.

The method would help Google skip the rapidly deteriorating negotiations it has had to try and get an "active" cloud service, where songs just need to be checked against a database and listeners can download permanent copies of tracks they own. Labels have tried to argue that any remote storage entitles them to double-dipping on revenues as a second use.

A presentation was set for Google I/O and could even take place on Tuesday at the day one keynote. In spite of showing the service roughly a year after it had been teased at last year's I/O, however, it would reportedly be limited to a testing phase and wouldn't go live for the public. Android phones and tablets should be part of the initial release.

Google is likely in a race with Apple and may now end up losing to the rumored iCloud service. Apple is still believed in talks with labels, but its service would be much fuller and may be an active service that gives listeners true sync across all their devices. The North Carolina datacenter going live this spring is known to play a part and could be active by WWDC in early June.

Some signs have emerged that Google had previously been overly optimistic about its plans, and even in March had Android 2.3 builds with music syncing built-in that wouldn't be allowed under the newly rumored passive cloud.

Update: Music Beta will initially require Flash and will therefore be limited to desktop browsers and some, not all, Android 2.2 or later devices. The requirement might preclude mobile use because of Flash's heavy battery drain.

Android 2.3 believed hacked to work with Google Music before passive limitations

By Electronista Staff


  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010


    See what happens without adult supervision?

    "Some signs have emerged that Google had previously been overly optimistic about its plans..."

    Ignoring the record labels' intellectual property rights, then expecting them to help you make money with their content is utterly stupid. Google no doubt though they could threaten the labels into caving under pressure. Didn't work.

    Smells kind of like Microsoft in the '90s. Throwing their weight around, bullying anyone they can into submission. What ever happened to "Don't be evil"?

  1. chas_m



    Oh man

    Where you been? They went rogue a long time ago.

  1. philomath777

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2004


    Do no evil??

    Google's mantra, "Do no evil"? When they are willing to break copyright laws? How do these guys spout this myth?

  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010


    Google Beta

    OK, so Google Music Beta will be announced at this year's Google I/O posturing extravaganza. Are we surprised that it's only in beta now?


    Does it seem like all of Google's recent products, from Android to Wave to Music, seem like they're stuck in beta?


  1. facebook_Robert

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    Joined: May 2011


    Got my google music beta invite!

    If anyone's looking for a Google Music Beta invite, I found a blog giving them out for free. I figured that the waiting list would be too long, so I tried the blog out, and got my invite about an hour later. Nice.

    I don't know if they have any remaining invites, but if you want to try your luck here's the site:

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