October 13, 2011 | by Charles West
Google Music has been a work in progress ever since it released five months ago, as of right now the service is only good for storing your current music library in the cloud. Every Google fan has fantasized about the day the search giant’s music service would offer users the chance to purchase some of their favorite artist’s songs. Could this day finally be approaching? Well, according to the New York Times, this may actually become a reality.
The Times report claims that Google is already making the necessary steps towards opening up its own MP3 store, allowing for quick and easy song purchases. This news comes conveniently before the upcoming release of Android’s latest OS offering Ice Cream Sandwich on Oct 19. You can look at this as a feeble attempt to steal away Apple’s shine, with its upcoming cloud music service called iTunes Match. But on the other hand, why shouldn’t we believe Google is planning something? I’d like to think so.
If this whole thing turns out to be true, the new MP3 store will surely be tied into Google Music Beta where you could make an MP3 purchase and instantly stream it to various devices from the cloud. Google already offers a trifecta of media options in its Android Market including books, movies, and apps. In order to complete the perfect all you can eat media buffet, the search giant would have to incorporate music.
Honestly, this rumor makes perfect sense. Google is behind the ball when it comes to selling music compared to its competitors: Apple and Amazon. If something is brewing lets hope it doesn’t fall through, because of Google’s bad reputation when it comes to supporting “openness.”
Does a Google MP3 store sound good to you?