Google's (GOOG) Spotify-like music streaming service (first reported in Feb.) will launch...

Google's (GOOG) Spotify-like music streaming service (first reported in Feb.) will launch tomorrow at Google I/O, the WSJ and The Verge report. The Verge also states a YouTube music video service (ad-free?) is on tap. Deals with top-3 studios Universal, Sony, and Warner Music have reportedly been signed. No details yet on pricing for the services, which will enter a very crowded online music landscape. The YouTube service could have an easier road to success, given the site already produces a tremendous amount of music video traffic.

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  • DIgitalMediaView
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    The Google music subscription service will definitely be far less disruptive than the forthcoming YouTube music service, which will be ad-supported/free to the consumer, yielding a major challenge to P, Spotify and others, targeting the mobile platform.


    "While a Google Play music product could be big, the one music industry execs are most excited by is the one tied to YouTube. The new YouTube product would be designed for the desktop and mobile devices, according to a person familiar with the negotiations between Google and the major labels. Such a mobile offering, coupled with the powerful YouTube brand, could ignite the emerging streaming-music business, now led by Spotify for on-demand music and Pandora for Internet radio."
    14 May 2013, 07:28 PM Reply Like
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