If you thought Google didn’t have any more tricks up their sleeves, think again. Google Inc. is set to launch a new music service integrated with its popular search engine. Users can simply search for songs in the Google search engine and download instantly to mobile phones, computers, and other internet media devices. Details are still unclear but you can expect some sort of subscription service similar to iTunes. You can also expect the ability to stream music live from the internet and you may also have the ability to buy-on-the-fly without subscribing to a service plan.
This new Google Music is a direct rival with digital music services such as iTunes and Amazon music. Google Inc. has already been in talks with major record labels, meaning you can expect the trend to absorb most if not all of major labels worldwide. It would be cool if Google Music offered a service for unsigned artist similar to a service iTunes offers to third party companies such as ReverbNation, CDBaby , Napster, and Tunecore.
According to The Wall Street Journal, The first phase of Google’s music service is expected to be a Web store where users can buy and download tracks, music industry insiders said. It will be tied directly to Google’s search engine, so that people using Google.com to look for a particular group or song will be served a link to the company’s music store, according to people familiar with the talks.
This is a huge move considering the evolution of smart phone devices that allow users to play HD quality video. I was only a matter of time before music services would be streamlined to mobile devices and Android users. The release is not set but expected to launch before the end of 2010.
Google and Apple reps were unavailable for comment but stay tuned for updates!