From Apple’s cloud-based extension to iTunes coming in iOS 5, to Google Music and the Amazon Cloud Player for Android, streaming your music from a personal digital locker is the hot new way to get your entertainment on a smartphone. Not to be outdone by the big boys, HP is reportedly thinking about getting into the cloud music business itself, meeting with record labels to negotiate plans for a webOS streaming music platform.
Billboard cites “multiple sources at the major labels” claiming that HP has been reaching out to see about licensing issues. Right now, there aren’t supposed to be any deals ready to be made; instead, HP is supposedly quite early on in the discussions, and is still feeling-out just what sort of service it would be interested in providing webOS users.
Possibilities for how HP’s system would work range from a basic Google-like cloud locker, with users submitting their own songs, to a Zune Pass-like subscription service. At first, it looked like HP might try and launch this service with the TouchPad, but with the tablet set to arrive in a few weeks, and how unsure HP reportedly is about which direction to take, it’s looking unlikely that any cloud music platform would be ready in time.