Digital

Google Music announced

By | Published on Wednesday 11 May 2011

Google

As expected, Google yesterday announced it was launching a music-orientated digital locker service without the support of the record industry.

Called Music Beta and aimed primarily at Android users, the new service is very similar to Amazon’s music locker, which also launched without the support of any music companies. As much previously reported, there is much dispute as to whether digital firms need licences from music companies to allow consumers to store their MP3 collections remotely and then stream them back through a bespoke player. Both Amazon and Google have decided no such licence is needed.

While Amazon’s locker is linked to its existing MP3 store, Google will not have an accompanying download platform, initially at least.



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