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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Google Music Service Launches Despite Music Labels

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Google is saying that they will launch a new music service beta despite getting the go ahead from record label execs, music publishers or any licensing agreements.

Taking a cue from Amazon, Google is not waiting around for record label execs to figure out how  this thing called the internet works and are just going ahead and putting their cloud music service out in invite-only beta form starting this week. Amazon got some pretty harsh flak from the money-rubbers of the music industry when it released it’s service earlier this year, and there’s no reason to expect them to treat Google any different.

Record execs are pretty much guaranteeing that people who buy their music will have the worst experience possible when trying to stream their music to multiple places from one source. Although Google is offering storage for up to 20,000 songs for free, thanks to BS DMCA bureaucracy users will have to manually upload all their albums to Google's cloud servers before they will be available for streaming on any capable device with an internet connection.

Google hopes to get the go ahead from the publishers, labels and others who claim ownership of someone else’s art and work to be able to just scan a users music catalogue and make all the songs someone already has on say iTunes or Amazon instantly available via their service. Which would be a much better and easier experience for the end user.

I think that both Google and Amazon could make quite a decent mark in the music industry if they would invest a little money into supporting unsigned artists, the old saying ; ‘If you cant beat ‘em join' ‘em’ would seem to work here. If you cant beat the record companies, why not start your own small one or support other small ones and show people other artist, who actually give a shit about their fans, that they can give them the best experience possible when getting their music to them. If you do this with a few small artists and lead by example, who knows? Maybe bigger artists and labels will start to join in.

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