The long-told rumor of a Google Music service takes another step toward clarity with the news from CNet that Google has begun testing Google Music internally, which they figure is a sign that Google is in the final stages before a launch.
This comes after the recent news of a XDA Developers forum user finding Google Music on the Honeycomb version of the Android operating system. It was posted on the forum, and the world went crazy with anticipation, taking it as a sign that Google Music was on its way.
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Factor into that that Sanjay Jha, chief executive of Motorola Mobility told the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that it was coming, and we have a steady string of events that are hard to ignore.
"If you look at Google Mobile services [via Android] today, there's a video service, there's a music service – that is, there will be a music service." He went on to say that "it adds video services and music services". His comments were originally published by The Guardian.
Google recently announced its Android 3.0 operating system (Honeycomb) at a press event and the Google Music service was conveniently missing from the agenda.
Reports over the past year have said that the first release of the Google Music Store will have a paid downloads, and the second phase will be a Google Music cloud-based subscription service, also known as the Google Music Player.
There's no word yet on how Google's search engine will tie into all of this, but it's easy to see how a Google Music Search could be overpowering when competing with Apple or other music services. iTunes and Amazon would be competitors in the download game, while Pandora, Mog, and Rhapsody would be among the top competitors to a Google streaming music service. This is one to watch.