Google to launch ‘Music Beta by Google’ without licensing from music labels

First Amazon “angered music labels by starting a cloud-based music player without their cooperation,” now “Google is doing the same thing,” Claire Cain Miller reports for The New York Times.

“Google plans to introduce its long-awaited cloud music player Tuesday at Google I/O, its developers conference in San Francisco,” Miller reports. “The service, which it calls Music Beta by Google, will let people upload their music collections to the Internet and listen to the songs on Android phones or tablets and on computers.”

MacDailyNews Take: Our Lady of Perpetual Beta strikes again.

Miller reports, “Google does not have licenses from the music labels, even though it has been negotiating with them for months to team up on a cloud service. As a result, users of Google’s service cannot do certain things that would legally require licenses, like sharing songs with friends and buying songs from Google.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ll wait for the real solution, one that’s likely to be properly licensed and therefore perfectly legal and safe to use, thanks.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. A service no one wants and no one needs. For 95% of users 2 GB on there device is all the music they can handle. No one wants to have to be connected every second they listen to music. That’s why we invented portable players in the first place.

  2. Apple fans must not fear.
    Fear is the mind-killer.
    Google is the privacy-killer.
    Google R&D is the little-copycat machine that brings total obliteration to taste and class.
    Apple will face this “open threat”.
    Apple will permit it to pass over them and through them.
    And when it has gone past, Apple will turn the inner eye to see its path.
    Where the photocopier junkies have gone there will be nothing……Only the true innovator will remain.

      1. I forgot to give credit with apologies (for the poor take) to the original, Frank Herbert’s Litany Against Fear of the Bene Gesserits. I somehow had assumed that everyone knew.

    1. Because the labels wan’t you to pay for your music again and again just to listen to it in a different way. Want a ringtone? Pay again. Want to stream it over the internet? Pay again. Want a digital copy on your computer instead of just having it on a CD? According to the RIAA, you should pay again! To the thinking of the labels, you don’t own your music, you’re just paying them for the privilege of listening to it for a while.

  3. OK, what about battery life? That transceiver must be working it little reared off. Must be one of those Google perks that no one knows about yet.

    Not really useful to me yet. At least until I can download a playlist to my device and play it without streaming.

    1. I tried to like Chrome but it’s a UI disaster. I uninstalled it after giving it a try for two weeks. I don’t think it’s that fast either. Certainly not any faster than Safari. I use Firefox as a complement to Safari which I think has miles better UI than Chrome. Another Google fail.

  4. If Apple were to do the same thing as Amazon and Google, there would be a Senate committee hearing, a lawsuit immediately filed by all major record labels, and analysts claiming impending doom on Apple. Google and Amazon get a side story in tech news.

  5. Google is taking evil from search directly into new markets… Looks like they fixed the Microsoft FailBus that has been broken down since the 90’s…

  6. With Google and Amazon telling the media companies to bend over and slide down their pants, the music executives might start thinking that working with Steve Jobs isn’t so bad after all. Even if Jobs is a dick in negotiations, he does negotiate and stick by his agreements.

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