Google has not had the best of relationships with China in the past, and here we are with word that the Internet search giant will shut down their online music download service in that part of the world from next month onwards because of pressure from its rivals such as Baidu Inc. and Tencent’s QQ. Tentatively, you can mark October 19th on your calendar as the shut down date, and the Shanghai Daily quoted Google by saying, “This is part of an ongoing effort across Google to bring greater focus to our portfolio of products. Our goal is to simplify and improve the Google experience for our users and to devote more resources to high impact products that improve the lives of billions of people.”

Google did admit that their attempt in making an impact with the music website came up “less than expected”, so it makes perfect sense to close its shutters instead of losing money by competing with domestic rivals. This comes across after the music website from Google debuted approximately three years ago.

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