Google’s talks with music labels are ‘broken’, have ‘gone backwards’

“Google has spent a year trying to build a music service that could compete with Apple’s iTunes,” Peter Kafka reports for AllThingsD. “But those efforts seem to have stalled again.”

Kafka reports, ‘Google’s negotiations with the big music labels are ‘broken,’ says a source familiar with the search giant’s thinking: ‘There’s definitely a problem with the Google music conversations.'”

Another industry source says Google’s top executives are reconsidering their music plans altogether,” Kafka reports. “‘They’ve gone backwards,’ I’m told.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]


  1. I kind of hope Google just forgets about music in their ‘cloud’.

    I mean seriously google has some great ideas and great services.
    They should stick to new technology.

    Why compete with apple in this area?
    Amazon is already there.

    Just let it go. Its not worth your time or effort google.

  2. The problem is that Google wants access to all of the labels’ music for free while offering no real benefit to the labels. Google is probably trying to convince them to agree to some pathetic advertising revenue sharing deal.

  3. From day one Steve Jobs negotiated with everyone for his view – Woz to leave HP and start Apple.

    MP3 music in its nascent days was a hodgepodge royalties Jobs’s vision won the day.

    Google may want to emulate iTunes 10 years after Apple but their brashness ignorance and illegalities in attempting to start the music show without respect to the copyright holders will leave a bad taint in the minds of so called ‘partners’!
    The delusional “Do no Evil” mantra is contrasted with theft of copyright material in Music, Linux, and Privacy.
    When will people learn that data is all the Google wants — yours mine everyone’s. — and copyright is no obstacle!

  4. Google gets an idea;
    “Hey, let’s start a music service like Apple’s! We’ll sell all the music we can find, to anyone who wants to buy it!
    What? The labels and artists want some input and want some money from the sales of their music? What?”

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