At 2PM today, Google is expected to announce their music store that is rumored to include partnerships with 3 of the big 4 music labels. We saw leaked screenshots of how the store will look on Android at the beginning of the week, so for the moment, we have a pretty good idea as to what we can expect. We can’t forget that Google tends to have at least a couple tricks up their sleeves whenever they announce something new like this though. With T-Mobile splashed all over the event invite, should we expect an exclusive partnership there or something as simple as carrier billing for purchases? We’ll know shortly!
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It has been the talk of the day, that Google would be making the announcement for their Google Music Store on November 16. Invitations just rolled into our inboxes and we are seeing that it is not just Google on the bill. Looks as though T-Mobile is sharing the responsibilities of hosting the event and are having many top musical guests like Drake, Maroon 5, and even Busta Rhymes perform for a select crowd. Is Google Music going to be an exclusive to T-Mobile devices in the early stages? Queue frustration.
Google couldn’t do that to us, could they? They did it with Google Wallet and Sprint, so I guess it’s not completely out of the question. The odd thing here is that we have all been testing their Music Beta app, so why would they lock a music store down to one of the smaller networks in the land? As a service that will be built into the Google Market, it seems odd that they would attempt to fragment that out per carrier, doesn’t it? Of course, this could all be overanalyzing an event that has yet to happen. Maybe T-Mo customers are just going to get a sweet $5 credit to the market while the rest of us just get access? Or maybe they will have the option to buy albums and bill directly to their T-Mo accounts?
A lot of questions there that we probably won’t know the answers to until Wednesday afternoon. Have any thoughts? Let us know.
The Google Music store is reportedly set to be announced on November 16, so it is the law of the Internet that we see some leaked images of the upcoming store front just days before. A lucky Android owner in Venezuela with some, “tricks and beginner’s luck” was able to gain access to Google’s Music store early on his HTC Inspire 4G. Are they legit? No way to positively tell, but they sure do look real. One way these people could help their case on legitimacy is if they posted instructions on how to access it. Just a thought.
For each category in the Market, they are assigned a color: Books are blue, Movies are red, and Apps are green. These shots appear to confirm that Music will be orange, something we saw a couple of months ago. Looking a bit beyond just the looks, we see that Google could be offering a “Free Song of the Day.” Sure would be great for people on the hunt for new artists to worship. Everyone ready to adopt the newest Google Service? Plan on dropping Amazon MP3?
Oooh, could Google’s new music store finally be ready? They are starting to send out press invites to an event that will take place next Wednesday in Los Angeles. In the invite (posted above), we are jumping to the conclusion that it will be music based upon the quote included which became famous in the movie Spinal Tap. Now, the quote actually means to take something to the extreme or exploit it, but nothing on the horizon seems to fit that description. I’d say that cranking up the volume on a speaker is it, and with that should come a full fledged music store. Of course, we should also point out that today is Nigel Tufnel Day.
A live feed will be shown at Youtube.com/Android. 2PM PST is when magic will happen.
They also included a teaser image that we have dropped after the break that could include a couple of extra hints. I’m seeing “T-Mobile” and getting really scared. There is no way in hell that they announce a music store that can only be accessed via T-Mo phones, can they? I guess they did something similar with Google Wallet and Sprint though. Meh, is all I can say to that. (more…)
Some great news looks to be on the verge today, as talks start surrounding the recent rumor that Google intends on opening up its very own MP3 store. The service is said to go hand-in-hand with Google’s Music Beta naturally and users will be buying all their favorite music then streaming it all from the cloud. Info provided from anonymous music executives states that launch is said to be within weeks – just in time to compete with Apple’s new iTunes Match service.
Could we expect an announcement of their Mp3 store along with Ice Cream Sandwich next week? And what will this spell for Amazon? Will Google use it as a native music store like Apple uses iTunes? So many people, like myself are already invested with Amazon’s Cloud Drive that switching over could be a pain. But hey, it’s Google. Everyone else willing to switch everything entirely over to Google now?
Via: NY Times, CNET
A new Google Music apk (4.0.1) has reportedly been pulled from Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus which also means that it was built specifically for Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). The hints of ICS are all over it, but most noticeably from the color scheme which has turned cyan-blue. It also feels much more polished than previous builds. (more…)
Google Music (or Music Beta by Google) is flat out awesome. In its current state, members are allowed to upload their entire music collection (20,000 songs) at no cost and then stream it through their Android devices or computers as much as they’d like – unlimited, really. The only problem has been a lack of an invite system since the service is not necessarily wide open for everyone to join.
Today, they have sort of changed that by allowing each user (well, except me for some reason) the option to invite 2 friends. Once you login, you should see a new note under the “music beta” logo with a number for how many invites you have left. Might want to be picky though, two isn’t a large number and I’m sure you have plenty of friends who would like to get in on this win.
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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