Google Unveils 'Music Beta'
May 11, 2011 at 6:10 AM (PT)
As tipped by ALL ACCESS YESTERDAY (NET NEWS 5/10), GOOGLE unveiled its cloud-based music service -- named MUSIC BETA -- at its annual developers conference in SAN FRANCISCO. THE NEW YORK POST reports, "The service wasn't what the search giant had hoped to announce when it started negotiating with the record companies months ago for music rights. MUSIC BETA is the equivalent of a song storage locker; users won't be able to buy tracks from GOOGLE the same way they do via APPLE's iTUNES."
GOOGLE placed the blame of the less than full roll-out on the financial demands of record companies. THE POST reports claims, "GOOGLE's lead negotiators, ANDROID chief ANDY RUBIN and ZAHAVAH LEVINE, the company's head of content partnerships, walked away from the bargaining table when the labels pushed for big upfront payments. One source said the labels were asking for advances of $75 million to $100 million."
Invitation Only, For Now
MUSIC BETA is currently by invitation only. To ask for an invite and check out more details, just click here.
Rival AMAZON.COM launched its cloud-based music player at the end of MARCH (NET NEWS 3/31). That move likely pushed GOOGLE to announce MUSIC BETA sooner than it would have liked.