Google Could Announce Streaming Music Service Today
As promised, last-minute Google I/O rumors continue to hit our desk, and the latest we want to share with you is some talk about the idea of Google introducing a new streaming music service. Unlike the locker-like system currently used by Google Music to let you stream your own library, this would be a subscription-based system more in line with what you get from a company like Spotify.
Supposedly, Google has secured deals with both Universal and Sony that would allow it to feature the companies’ music in this service. It looks like there could be multiple ways Google intends to use such licenses, both as part of a streaming system through Google Play, and also possibly as a component of the subscriptions it recently introduced to YouTube.
It’s sounding like there might not be any ad-supported free version of the service, though it’s also not clear just what Google might be thinking in terms of pricing. $10 a month has been tossed around, in line with what other streaming services charge, but depending on how good the licensing deals Google got were, we might just see it try to undercut everyone else.
Source: The Verge