Google readying Google Music web-based music store, iTunes competitor

Google Corp. is planning to launch an online music store, simply named Google Music; with the service launching as early as by the end of next month.

The new product will be in direct competition with Apple’s iTunes music store, which is the biggest online music web store in the world.

Google Music works by allowing consumers to make purchases from the Google Market from their web-based PC, with the DRM-free music files being automatically pushed to their Google Android powered mobile device.

Google will also be offering a local application on your PC that would allow you to stream music from your Android device to your PC.


Details concerning possible price points for songs or albums have yet to be disclosed.

Although giving us a glimpse at the Google I/O 2010 conference weeks ago, the company only offered teasers instead of providing more concrete information, including possible studio partners that would offer music.

You can see how the seamless download and sync features work with the demo from the Google I/O conference with the video embedded below at 32 and 35 minutes, respectively.

It has long been rumored Apple would release a cloud-based version of with streaming support to ensure customers have just as an easy way to download their music.

Apple would not offer additional information about a cloud-based iTunes app.

The popular UK-based music-streaming store, Spoitify, is also readying their U.S. launch, that could threaten Apple’s dominance because it offers many more convenient features, including the ability to upload music to the cloud to make it accessible from any computer or compatible mobile device, including an iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android device, among other devices.

As competitors make downloading and listening to music more seamless and less costly with the cloud, it is clear Apple will be unveiling similar features in a future iTunes release likely also by the end of this summer.

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