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Google Finally Ready to Launch Music Store? New Android Market Suggests So

Our homies over at Android and Me discovered a set of icons loaded deep within the new Android Market’s resources (download it here) – that would be the spot where they store icons, menus, and anything that pushes the look and functionality of the app.  The icon set they’ve noticed, is the orange set with “music” references all over it that you are seeing above.  Right next to it we have the red set that’s found when you are browsing the movie section, as well as the blue icon set from the book store which is leading to their conclusion that a music section has already been built.

So what exactly does this mean?  Well, a couple of things that A&M notes.  First, Google could just be preparing for the day that they finally finalize licenses and contracts with music labels or they may have already finalized everything and are just picking the perfect spot to launch.  We all know that contract negotiations have not gone as planned, but this could be a great sign that they are moving along, bringing us closer to an all-in-one Android media store.

Via:  Android and Me

  • http://ckwebb.com Chris Webb

    Hoping for an all you can eat subscription model a la Spotify, with the ability to store and stream my own tracks via the cloud. Google, I’d pay for that!

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  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com/ Max

    that is cool they should be better than itunes

  • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 TomAss (TA)

    When will GooglePizza or GoogleWaterPark be opening?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

      you forgot about the google car!

  • Kianjudah

    Thank God!!! Android kicks the living, moral crap out of InferiorPhone, but this is the only thing the Steve’s Army can hold over our head. It would be great to have a legitimate Google Music Store to purchase and organize all of our music needs. We already have Google Music, but we need a system to organize and buy our music, like yes, iTunes. IT’S ALL WE NEED FOR GLOBAL TAKEOVER!!! C/mon Google, make it happen for crying out loud!!!

  • Anonymous

    These were found in the new market app, which was just released a couple days ago. Possible it’s just buried there for when Music possibly launches, which was posited in the original article.

  • Anonymous

    Well that’s pretty evident. But they’re not doing any subscription thing, it seems. And I doubt the service is ready to get out of beta yet. Still kinda buggy.

  • RW-1

    It’s likely they were there buried all along, for eventual use.

    Whether or not they implement it will be anyones guess.

  • http://twitter.com/tylergold tyler gold

    I give it one year until Google controls the entire world.

    • gamecocksROCK

      No Shit they are ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    going with the google colors, shouldn’t the icon be yellow?

  • EC8CH

    If record companies want to make more money…

    they should make THIS ^ happen.

  • Anonymous

    They’re going to have to do a heck of a job to best Amazon at this point. Never thought I’d say that; who else remembers rooting your OG Droid to remove the “bloatware” Amazon mp3 app?

    • EC8CH

      Next to Google… Amazon is fast becoming my second favorite tech company.

      Unlike some others… they seem to be more customer focused instead of strictly pushing the bottom line for their shareholders.

      • Anonymous

        HTC, anyone? Or are you just talking software/service side?

        • Anonymous

          HTC is like the rest, in my opinion. Encypted bootloader signature on the Evo 3D, no option to remove Sense, etc. I don’t really get why everyone thinks they’re God’s gift to smartphones; heck, even my Dell shipped with an unencrypted bootloader signature and the option for vanilla Android.

          • Anonymous

            Jeez, did everyone miss when they announced a month ago they will never lock bootloaders again? And how all of their “locked” phones have been rooted and ROMed pretty quickly? The thunderbolt and incredible 2 have CyanogenMod, for crying out loud!

          • Anonymous

            I’m glad they reversed it, but I’m still upset that they have a corporate mindset that allowed it to happen in the first place. They’re simply responding to what their customers wanted which, while a step above Moto, is still a peg lower than Google (who generally seems to operate in as open a manner as possible as a matter of principle rather than a reaction to outrage).

          • Anonymous

            Well, it’s not like they wanted to screw their customers over. It’s likely that Verizon just asked them to lock their bootloaders, because Verizon is a greedy jackass of a company. HTC listened to their customers, because they realized that they’d rather have happy customers than a happy carrier.

      • http://twitter.com/SJFee Sean Fee

        I think the amazon tablet we’ll see in the fall/winter is gonna be a pretty-looking beast….

        Also, is that a CR-48 / Chrome OS screenshot? WANT.

      • http://twitter.com/SJFee Sean Fee

        I think the amazon tablet we’ll see in the fall/winter is gonna be a pretty-looking beast….

        Also, is that a CR-48 / Chrome OS screenshot? WANT.

        • EC8CH

          Sounds like the first one will be a low budget suckfest, but the Foxconn built one coming out next year (maybe this year’s holiday season) is still sounding like a beast, but then again so are all the others rumored to be coming out at that time.

          I think Android Tablets round 2 will be the Empire Strikes Back of tech sequels :-)

          • http://twitter.com/SJFee Sean Fee

            Yeah, I’m holding out for the ICS / 2nd gen / “lessons-learned” models.  In the meantime I’ll keep playing Burn the Angry Ropes on wifey’s iPwad

        • Anonymous

          Still love my CR48, but I pretty much run Ubuntu exclusively on it, now. Maybe I ought to set up a dual boot; I kind of miss Chrome OS.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been rooted and romming a long time.  Not only have I not removed it, but I use it regularly.  Shitty part is…google music doesn’t want to sync the music I got from Amazon.

    • http://twitter.com/howzball Mike

      I dig Amazon too but, their cloud music storage is runner up to Google’s at best. Amazon’s service is really picky about where you bought your music. Why no Russian mp3 site love?

  • Guest

    just don’t become like apple and suck…

  • Anonymous

    Yay! They actually changed their title to my suggestion! That’s pretty awesome. Sorry, but I just wanted to shout that out. Check the comments of the A&M article for more detail.

  • Anonymous

    I’d much rather Google launch a subscription-based music service rather than an mp3 store. The Music Beta “instant mix” algorithm is great, and i can only imagine the great songs you could discover if you had access to ALL the music.

    But I guess there’s no reason they couldn’t do both.

    • Anonymous

      As long as they maintain the music locker service, and actually have a free option. And not make it all lame and flashy like spotify.

  • Anonymous

    It’s more likely they WERE planning a Music store prior to negotiations breaking down with the media companies and leaving us with Google Music just being cloud storage.

  • http://profiles.google.com/borochocho Cesar Lopez

    google is the future!

  • Anonymous

    I hope users with beta get to stay free.

    • Anonymous

      It doesn’t seem to be a subscription thing. This discovery points to a music store, like the iTunes store. Nothing to do with the cloud locker service, which is still free and in beta.

      • Anonymous

        But I wonder if it will be like Amazon’s, if you buy, it will go into your cloud or have the option?

  • http://twitter.com/rkein87 Rob Kein

    Cool.

  • http://facebook.com/gotmurph Ben Murphy

    Google has been making quite the splash lately. :0)