People have been wondering what Google has in store for Google I/O apart from regular Android and Chrome OS announcements. Well, the Verge is reporting that Google will launch a Spotify like on-demand radio service at the event after securing licensing deals with Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music Group.
Google plans on launching separate music subscription services to both YouTube and Google Play. While Google Play is a relatively new service, YouTube with its 800 million unique visitors per month is viewed as a juggernaut. This is something that even Apple cannot compete against as it has been trying to launch its own Pandora like radio service, but it has hit roadblocks in securing deals with the music labels.
The New York Times has also chimed in with its to cents, and it says that unlike Spotify Google’s service will not have a free tier. On an average music subscription services cost $10 per month in the US.
The Wall Street Journal is saying that Google is also working on securing an audio only licence for YouTube.
Using this service, users will be able to stream music directly on their mobile devices as well as their PCs similar to Spotify and Xbox Music.
Currently, Microsoft offers a free streaming service called Xbox Music and it has access to 25 million songs and comes preloaded on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. And then there are third party options like Spotify and Rdio.
Apple and Google have been working hard at building their own streaming services. Currently, Apple only offers iTunes Match which allows users to stream the songs they already own, and Google also offers something similar via Google Play Music. An all out streaming service will be a boon to the Android ecosystem and will give it an edge over Apple’s iOS content wise.
Either ways, all will be revealed in the evening as Google I/O kicks off this night in San Fransisco.