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Old Feb 22, 2013, 11:56 PM   #1
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Google Working on Subscription-Based Streaming Music Service




Google is in negotiations with music publishers to develop a Spotify-esque subscription streaming music service for its Android operating system, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Currently, Google has a scan-and-match music service like iTunes Match, as well as an Android-focused music download store.
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Google Inc.'s Android unit has been negotiating with music companies to start a paid subscription music-streaming service akin to Spotify AB, according to people familiar with the matter.

Separately, Google's YouTube video website is trying to obtain licenses from music labels to start a paid subscription service for music videos and potentially also for audio-only songs, these people said.
There have been rumors for nearly five years about Apple developing a subscription music service, though more recently reports have surfaced that Apple is aiming to release its service sometime in 2013.

Bloomberg reported in October that Apple was aiming for a first quarter launch, but record labels have suggested that negotiations were hung up over licensing fees.

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Old Feb 22, 2013, 11:58 PM   #2
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 11:59 PM   #3
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In before someone tries to say that Google is just copying Apple.

Note that they obviously can't be copying Apple (yet) because Apple hasn't actually released any such service. Were Google to roll out such a service, it would, however, be appropriate to say that they're copying others, such as Spotify, or Pandora (it's hard to say without knowing exactly what flavor of music streaming service Google wants to go with.)
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 12:01 AM   #4
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Google is just copying Apple.

Apple already has a "streaming service". It's called iTunes.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 01:09 AM   #5
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Google is just copying Apple.

Apple already has a "streaming service". It's called iTunes.
No, Apple has a music store and something close called iTunes Match. Google's Google Play in general is a pretty close copy of Apple's iTunes, though.

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Actually, I'm making fun of all the people who kept saying this in the last Google thread. Think there were about 300 different people who posted it verbatim.

You'd go through the thread. Someone would say something, another guy would reply, then you'd see it.

"Looks like Google's throwing ideas at the wall to see what sticks."

Three or four posts would pass, and...

"Looks like Google's throwing ideas at the wall to see what sticks."

It was kinda scary.
Yeah, people are so unoriginal. Why not choose a phrase you didn't just read a second ago? "Stabbing in the dark"?

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I think MacRumors became GoogleRumors.
Yeah, it's really mostly been Google news the past few days. :/

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Apple will release iRadio this year..

But, on the other hand... Do I really want it/need it? Not really.. Between Pandora, Spotify and my own iTunes library all my needs are covered.

THe only way I would switch to a more expensive (probably) service from Apple is if it offers a MUCH better radio service than Pandora (unlikely). And if that is so, then surely my iTunes purchases will go down..
I'll use it if it's free and works as well as Pandora or better. Having it be integrated into iTunes would be really nice! By the way, regular radio already is.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 01:45 AM   #6
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Yeah, people are so unoriginal. Why not choose a phrase you didn't just read a second ago? "Stabbing in the dark"?
I know! Like lipstick on a pig, they just don't get it! The customer doesn't know what they want until Apple shows it to us. Steve never would've allowed this.

It just works!
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 01:27 AM   #7
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Google is just copying Apple.

Apple already has a "streaming service". It's called iTunes.
Google already had an "streaming service' it is called Google Play Music
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 02:19 AM   #8
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Google already had an "streaming service' it is called Google Play Music
Let's not forget the words biggest video streaming service, YouTube.

Another thing that Google copied off of Apple no doubt.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 05:58 AM   #9
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Google is just copying Apple.
That is what Google is...
Google became big by copying other search sites. I am starting to loathe Google. I'm sorry, but I just can't help it.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 07:00 AM   #10
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Google is just copying Apple.

Apple already has a "streaming service". It's called iTunes.
Riiiiight

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Looks like Google's throwing ideas at the wall to see what sticks.
Streaming is THE future of music. Nothing else can touch it. Nothing comes remotely close. Don't blame google (or apple) at all for entering that market. To ignore it would be lunacy.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 07:03 AM   #11
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Streaming is THE future of music. Nothing else can touch it. Nothing comes remotely close. Don't blame google (or apple) at all for entering that market. To ignore it would be lunacy.
He was being sarcastic/giving the typical response some forum members have no matter what X company does.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 08:04 AM   #12
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Of course they are.. What a bunch of tools. Recently they seem to be destroying any shed of credibility IMO, announcement after announcement. Since Steve departed and Eric got a pair (and a voice) they have been flogging whatever they can and louder than ever. Eric's becoming the new Balmer..

Prancing around North Korea like he's the golden child of peace and freedom, what a walking contradiction. IMO another 5-10 years and even the novice user will be weary of interacting with them..
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 07:42 AM   #13
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Google is just copying Apple.

Apple already has a "streaming service". It's called iTunes.
That's not a streaming service. That's a music-download service.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 03:36 PM   #14
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Google is just copying Apple.

Apple already has a "streaming service". It's called iTunes.
Please tell me this is sarcasm.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 08:49 PM   #15
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Just a personal observation sparked by this specific article, nothing more. I either gotta quit reading this rumors site (which I have always enjoyed) or unload my AAPL shares. Every other article I read makes me feel like Apple's best days are behind it, Google is up, and Apple is crashing down.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 10:09 PM   #16
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Google is just copying Apple.

Apple already has a "streaming service". It's called iTunes.
Im just glad i can get my google rumors here too.
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Old Feb 24, 2013, 10:17 AM   #17
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Apple already has a "streaming service". It's called iTunes.
But iTunes is garbage. Worst thing about my Mac.
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But iTunes is garbage. Worst thing about my Mac.
Wow, really?

I think the worst thing about your Mac is infact; you.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 04:54 AM   #19
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In before someone tries to say that Google is just copying Apple.

Note that they obviously can't be copying Apple (yet) because Apple hasn't actually released any such service. Were Google to roll out such a service, it would, however, be appropriate to say that they're copying others, such as Spotify, or Pandora (it's hard to say without knowing exactly what flavor of music streaming service Google wants to go with.)
They're not copying Apple! They're copying Nokia's Music+ streaming service which is MUCH better than anything Google can offer.
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In before someone tries to say that Google is just copying Apple.Note that they obviously can't be copying Apple (yet) because Apple hasn't actually released any such service.
Why is this relevant to anything? Seriously... who cares *who* is first at something these days? Streaming music services and content is not some "patentable" domain exclusive to Google or Apple. So there's really nobody to "copy".
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In before someone tries to say that Google is just copying Apple.

Note that they obviously can't be copying Apple (yet) because Apple hasn't actually released any such service. Were Google to roll out such a service, it would, however, be appropriate to say that they're copying others, such as Spotify, or Pandora (it's hard to say without knowing exactly what flavor of music streaming service Google wants to go with.)
Oops, lol, to late.. the fanboys are already hitting it.
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I do as well. We're a rare breed nowadays.

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I still buy CDs. Go me!
Me to. If you shop around online CD's are usually cheaper and you can always rip them into iTunes for the best quality sound lossless tracks.

If Apple ever start selling CD quality lossless or better than CD quality 24 bit tracks then I'll happily switch.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 12:03 AM   #25
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I'm waiting for some good Google innovation ( hate that word ).

The Glasses and Pixel are interesting but what about innovation in their core competencies?

Why haven't they revolutionized email or calendars?

Why are these products basically the same as they were 15 years ago?

That new iOS Mailbox app looks great, why isn't Google inventing things like that?
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