Google is all set to unveil its online music service, similar to the Amazon’s service that was launched in March, today. According to the Wall Street Journal, the service will work more like digital music locker.
Users would be able to upload their music collection to the Google server and play it from any Android phone, compatible smartphone apps or even personal computer browsers. Users would, however, only be able to stream the music as Google would not allow downloads to curb music piracy.
Since both Google and Amazon haven’t received licenses from major record labels, they would not be able to give users access to music stored in company servers. Apple is already talking to the record labels for getting required licenses to provide music services.
From outside, it appears Google would like to launch its music service before Apple.
The service will have a beta logo with it, just like most of the other Google services. Users need not to buy any additional hardware to use it, all they have to do is put their personal collection online and they can use the service.
The basic idea is to let the users sync their music across all the devices they own, so they can listen to the music be it from a tablet, a smartphone or a personal computer. Since the process just involves users making personal copies of their personal music, the record labels do not come into the picture yet.
Both Amazon and Google have made sure no copyrights are violated by their music services. They don’t make more copies of the music which means users hear the same music they uploaded the first time whenever they access their accounts.