Hopping into the Android Market nowadays is a good bit different than it was when in it was in its early stages. Casting aside the massive UI changes that the Market has undertaken, the main difference is what’s available. Users are greeted no more by just apps installable on their Android devices, but also by movie rentals and downloadable books and periodicals. Google is striving to make their devices not just functional PDAs, but portable entertainment hubs, and it shows. Noticeably missing from this destiny of media kingship however is an integrated music store, and Google is apparently looking to change this.
Readers with long memories and keen eyes may remember similar Google cloud-based music store rumblings beginning around the end of last year, rumblings that ultimately ended in the culmination of Google Music Beta. Unfortunately, while Google Music Beta is a great experience, it’s less than the full service that Google had intended, and relies on users already having their own music at the ready. From what it seems, this was mostly due to negotiations with music labels falling through. In comparison, competitors Amazon and Apple offer seamless experiences in music storage and an easy place to get said music. Why are you going to download music from Amazon, then deal with the time-consuning process of uploading that music to Google, when you can just purchase the music from Amazon and listen to it on their servers directly without ever having to leave the app? According to several unnamed music executives, Google is still trying to get the store side of their music offering off the ground, and supposedly before Apple launches their new iTunes Match, set to debut at the end of October. While such a near date seems a bit too much to hope for, we can indeed hope. With the infrastructure for Google Music Beta already in place, a store added to the product would be a huge boon.
What do you guys think? If Google offered a store, would you use it, or would you stick to Amazon or less legal methods? Let us know in the comments!
[via new york times]