Word on the web is that Google later today is going to launch a music service, but not as originally intended. After being unable to hammer out agreements with record labels, Google is said to be following in Amazon's footsteps with a digital music locker service without any licensing deals in place. Music Beta by Google, as the search giant plans to call it, will let users upload their tracks to a storage locker in the cloud where they can be streamed and downloaded to any Internet connected devices.
Frankly, if someone had told us that MySpace was just going to be shuttered, we would not have been surprised. But it looks like the sale is going ahead and bids from no fewer than half a dozen potential suitors are expected this week. If that wasn't shocking enough, the value News Corp. insists on getting out of the faltering social site is something else.
We are quickly nearing the one year anniversary of the first time Google demoed music downloads on Android, and Google Music is still a no show. We've been hearing that Google's discussions with the music labels have hit the skids, but El Goog might be working a new angle. According to Cnet, Google is in talks with Spotify to run its music service.
If you've been waiting with bated breath for Google to launch their iTunes competitor, take a breath. No, it's not happening, we just don't want you to pass out during the wait. A report from All Things D indicates that Google's talks with the recording industry have broken down. The situation is so bad apparently, that Google is reconsidering their entire approach to Google Music.
Spotify, the popular European music streaming service that's still trying to figure out how to break into the United States, is making some changes that will hit current users of its free service like a gut punch. Announced today in a blog post, the total listening time for free users has been cut in half from 20 hours a month to just 10 hours. Ooph. And starting May 1st, any user who signed up to the free service on or before November 1, 2010 will only be able to listen to individual tracks five times per month (if you signed up after, there's a 6 month grace period).
Google hasn’t officially announced that it’s entering the music game yet, but with yesterday’s acquisition of Canadian based music startup Pushlife for a cool $25 million, its clear the search giant is looking to make a few improvements to Androids media capabilities. Pushlife was founded by former Research in Motion employee Ray Reddy who had a passion for bringing iTunes style sync to other smartphone platforms, a hobby that seems to have paid off quite handsomely.
The music app on Android has been an embarrassment since the platform launched back in 2008. But thanks to a recent leak, we're getting a gander at Google's new music app for phones complete with cloud syncing. A developer version of the Android Market app miraculously showed up on a handful of phones, and allowed access to the new app. You can grab a copy, but it will overwrite your current Music app and may not work, so be warned.
The internet is a lot of things to a lot of different people. Some come online to work, others to goof off as hard and as often as possible. For those that fall into the latter group, there are a lot of options to keep you entertained and non-productive for hours at a time. Memes, webcomic and streaming video all fit the bill. But once The Oatmeal gets cold, and the LOLcats somehow stop being funny, where can professional-grade pooch pumpers get their online ya-yas out? We’ll tell you: Incredibox, our Cool Site of the Week.
Back in 2009, a site by the name of BlueBeat thought it was being super-clever selling digital Beatles songs without a label deal. The site claimed the files were not recordings, but "psycho-acoustic simulations". The rights holders didn't buy it, and easily got the site shut down. Now the legal battle has finally wound down and BlueBeat has agreed to pay nearly $1 million in damages.
Amazon has taken a big step and beaten both Apple and Google to the punch with their new Cloud Player service. Users will be able up upload music to their free 5GB Cloud Drive, and stream it to most web browsers and Android devices. There is also a tie-in with music purchased from Amazon's MP3 store, which can be loaded directly into the Cloud Drive.