Some possible details on Google’s upcoming music service have surfaced. According to reports, aside from just allowing per-track digital downloads of music, Google could be planning to charge consumers about $25/year to access an online locker, allowing the music to be stored online and accessed via their Internet-connected device by streaming or downloading. The locker service would allow users to have the option of having their purchases directly transferred to their cloud-based account. The search engine giant is also negotiating to allow each customer to listen to the full song once, after which the customer would be limited to a 30-second sample of that song. The locker service would also enable social networking features, such as allowing users to send playlists to other subscribers, which would be a great way to promote new music. A web-based music player and mobile application for listening to tracks from the cloud-based locker should also be included. Another interesting feature would be the ability to scan the user’s hard drive for existing music, and any music that is recognized as licensed will be listed as available on the online locker – possibly even music acquired from P2P networks, though you can be sure the music labels may not be entirely happy with possible support for P2P networks.
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