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Google Rumored to Take on Spotify, Rdio with New Music Streaming Service

By February 25, 2013

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Hey music junkies, it's definitely looking as if you'll have one more source to get your tunes from. Google is reportedly set to launch a new subscription-based music streaming service -- similar to Spotify and Rdio -- some time in its third quarter as part of its Google Play offering.

Now, some of you Android users probably already know that Google already offers music downloads through its Google Play store, but streaming is a new thing that Google would be smart to go after. We're now starting to really see the digital music trend start to shift slightly more away from purchasing and storing music locally toward streaming it remotely from the cloud -- or basically "renting" music at a monthly rate.

Apple had also been long rumored to be developing its own music streaming service, but if the Google rumors are true, it looks like Big G will beat its largest competitor to the chase. Nothing has been confirmed yet, so we'll just have to wait and see what's up with this.

For now, we've still got Spotify and Rdio and Pandora and Songza, which are all awesome music streaming options. And then there's iTunes, of course, if actually owning the music you like is still really your thing.

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February 26, 2013 at 2:02 am
(1) Aaron says:

As I understand it, you don’t actually ‘own’ any music you purchase through iTunes…it’s more of a license to use it according to iTunes T&Cs. Also, if Apple is ever wound-up (unlikely I know) I would imagine you lose your music collection.

March 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm
(2) B Pratt says:

Uh, it doesn’t take Apple to fail for you to lose your music collection. Whatever you might have paid, often you don’t own it. Either strip the DRM from whatever it has leeched onto or just pirate and own what you should own in the first damn place. We are at an historical flex point regarding that. Fight back or be screwed.

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