Google plans music service to compete Apple iTunes

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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California, Sep 3: The search engine giant, Google Inc, is planning to start a music-download service, which allows mobile users to listen to songs wherever they go.

Media reported that Google is in talks with music labels on the plan for a download store and a digital song locker. Google's plan is considered as move to compete it's rival Apple's iTunes 10 with social networking feature Ping.

Sources close to Google told that Andy Rubin, the brains behind Google's Android mobile operating system, has been leading conversations with the labels about what a new Google music service would look like and the service may launch by Dec 2010.

Apple started the sales of digital music in 2003 through the launch of iTunes and still it continues the monopoly in music industry. Apple dominates more than 70 percent of all US digital music sales.

Market analysts expressed that Google can shine in the music industry using the large data, from YouTube and from search, that can inform on what people are consuming and looking for music wise.

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