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Rubin: Google music store 'won't be just selling 99c songs'

updated 08:00 am EDT, Wed October 19, 2011

Android chief hints Google music store gets twist

Google's attempt at a music store won't just be a conventional store, the search firm's mobile VP Andy Rubin said in a discussion Wednesday. He left the door open for AllThingsD and suggested it could be either pay-per-track or a subscription service. Whatever the strategy, it wouldn't strictly follow one model.

"It will have a little twist," Rubin said. "It won't be just selling 99-cent songs."

What that would be, if anything new, wasn't clear. It's already known that any plans would see tracks made available through the Google Music cloud streaming service, much like Amazon's Cloud Player or iTunes Match. Ever since Google Music was unveiled, rumors and leaks have pointed to labels objecting to music locker terms and wanting to charge Google like they do Apple for letting users both download tracks and stream remotely.

Rubin didn't discuss the impasse in detail but did admit that it had let companies like Samsung step in and provide their own stores. "People went in and they filled the gap," he said.

Moving to other subjects, he didn't see the Amazon Kindle Fire as closing off Android. Even Google could still write apps for it, he said, although he didn't address Amazon limiting downloads to its own store. He went so far as to suggest the Kindle Fire might overcome Android's current inability to get any traction in tablets by popularizing the idea. "Maybe this is going to solve the tablet problem," Rubin speculated.

He also suggested an unusual approach to solving the patent lawsuits that are leading to Android devices being banned. He suggested that mobile-related patents could be treated like patents for GSM and MP3, where there's an established method for getting a license without having to negotiate each time. A "clearinghouse" would be ideal, Rubin said.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. TomSawyer

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    Joined: Jan 2008

    +8

    "...solve the tablet problem" ???

    Pretty sure Apple already did that with the iPad. How's about acknowledging that and trying something new like innovating and creating the "next great thing"? With a Google bucks in R&D you'd think they might be able to build something fresh...

  1. mkral

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2000

    +7

    Google Music

    Doesn't it seem like the whole Google Music concept has been floating around for years? It seems like they are always on the cusp of releasing some revolutionary music service, but it never seems to materialize. It's easy to criticize other people's inventions when you never actually have to produce your own. Napster, Walmart, Microsoft, Yahoo and others have all had their own little 'twists' on the music store concept that haven't panned out.

  1. noibs

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    +4

    Not surprising

    Rubin said, "He also suggested an unusual approach to solving the patent lawsuits that are leading to Android devices being banned. He suggested that mobile-related patents could be treated like patents for GSM and MP3, where there's an established method for getting a license without having to negotiate each time. A "clearinghouse" would be ideal, Rubin said."

    Yeah...when you've ripped of the intelectual property of Apple, Microsoft and other, that makes sense. What a clown, loser, idiot...

  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2002

    +4

    the mock t & jeans

    pretty much says it all...?

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010

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    Android is getting expensive!

    A "clearinghouse" would be ideal, Rubin said.

    I think he meant "cheap clearinghouse." Wishful thinking.

    How much money can Google continue to blow on their "free" OS? Google only sees $5 per year per Android device in revenue. You do the math.

  1. sdfalk

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    Stephen Falk

    It's funny when I read things like "conventional store" regarding someone (Steve Jobs) who popularized
    the concept in the first place..(with all due respect to e-music whom I'd go to over google in a heartbeat)
    Here's a conventional quote for you Mr Rubin.
    There are leaders, and there are followers...

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