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Google reportedly has plans to launch a web-based music sale service that will rival Apple's iTunes.  (Source: Google via TechCrunch)

The new service will reportedly stream music from your PC, over the internet to Android handsets.  (Source: Sprint)
There's a storm brewing -- Google Music is incoming and iTunes must brace itself for the impact

In the world of online music, iTunes has long reigned supreme.  It enjoys such a dominant position that it is currently the subject of a U.S. Federal Trade Commission inquiry investigating whether it abused smaller competitors like

Apple's days as the only big player on the market may be numbered, though.  At Google's I/O conference last month, the company previewed a web-based service for developers.  And
TechCrunch two weeks ago discovered a "Google Music" logo hosted by the company.  Now CNET has joined the buzz, citing numerous industry sources as saying a launch of Google Music could come as soon as the fall.

Google enjoys one critical advantage that could allow its rebel service to ultimately crush Apple's music empire.  That advantage is search.

Close to a billion users visit Google every day, many of them searching for bands, songs, and album titles.  By tying these searches to subscription-based streaming services and web-based digital downloads akin to iTunes, many music executives believe that Google may promise more sales than Apple.

Its rivals have tried to keep Google out of the music business.  After Lala and iLike teamed with Google to offer streaming music with searches, Apple snatched up Lala and Myspace acquired iLike and both companies shut down the streaming.

The decision by Google to launch its own service is like a dream come true for music labels.  They are reportedly fed up with Apple, which currently sells over one quarter of the 
total music sold (digital or otherwise).  However, the current competition -- and Myspace Music -- lack the sales to pose a serious threat, which means that Apple gets to dictate whatever terms it wants to the labels.  That's a situation that they're not very satisfied with.

Zahavah Levine, YouTube's general counsel who previously worked with RealNetworks' Rhapsody music subscription service, is reportedly working to cook up the new service.  YouTube has already enjoyed success in the music business thanks to its plethora of music videos.

Google's new service reportedly will have many unique features.  Among them will be the ability to stream music from a library on your PC to your Android smartphone.  Google picked up a company called Simplify that developed this technology.  Google's service is also reportedly going to be cloud based -- available exclusively as a web application.  While Apple is also reportedly working on a cloud version of iTunes, Google reportedly wants to beat Cupertino to the punch.

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No Microsoft Monopoly
By Mitch101 on 6/15/2010 3:44:15 PM , Rating: 2
Can we finally say that Microsoft is not the Monopoly some like to claim it is? This may seem off topic but with many areas Microsoft doesn't have clear dominance can we finally end the Monopoly name calling?

iPhone vs Droid (Cant include mobile 7 until its released)
iTunes vs Everyone else (Zune market share is small)
Apple TV vs Media Tanks vs Hulu vs Direct TV (Media center but can we really include that?)
Google Apps vs Microsoft Office vs Open Office.
Google vs Yahoo vs Bing (Bing having the smallest market share)
iPod/iphone vs Nintendo DS vs PSP (cant include zune here)
Windows vs OSX vs Linux vs (soon Chrome)
GMail vs Hotmail vs Yahoo Mail etc.
Wii vs XBox 360 vs PS3
iPad vs ChiPad (Chinese knockoffs) vs Droid Tablets. (Win CE is not a tablet competitor)

Anyone still think Microsoft is a monopoly? The only war they are winning is Windows and XBox 360 because they sell more games than the other consoles.

RE: No Microsoft Monopoly
By Mitch101 on 6/15/2010 3:48:02 PM , Rating: 2
Blackberry vs Good vs iPhone vs Droid (This is corporate e-mail)

Should add Microsoft office is winning also but there are good competitors.

RE: No Microsoft Monopoly
By reader1 on 6/15/10, Rating: -1
RE: No Microsoft Monopoly
By themaster08 on 6/15/2010 4:55:50 PM , Rating: 5
You have a monopoly in -1 ratings.

RE: No Microsoft Monopoly
By muhahaaha on 6/15/2010 8:28:09 PM , Rating: 2
and a monopoly in ignorance and bs

RE: No Microsoft Monopoly
By Pirks on 6/15/2010 10:59:01 PM , Rating: 5
I call bullshit! We have duopoly here, me and him. Suck it down lama :P

RE: No Microsoft Monopoly
By themaster08 on 6/16/2010 5:05:30 AM , Rating: 2
But your overall rating isn't in the minuses ;).

Therefore reader1 takes the cake!

RE: No Microsoft Monopoly
By theapparition on 6/16/2010 8:55:06 AM , Rating: 2
He out-Pirk'd you.

Maybe you can try harder and drop another Lexus analogy.

RE: No Microsoft Monopoly
By gcor on 6/16/2010 6:36:08 AM , Rating: 2
But the MS market share in OS in SOOOOOOOOOO small. How can you say that?

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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