Google Music sales disappoint, fail to live up to expectations

“Google Music was supposed to have an inside track marketing music to the 200 million Android users, but performance so far is not what was expected,” Greg Sandoval reports for CNET.

“Google’s managers have told counterparts at the labels that customer adoption and revenue are below what they expected, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the talks,” Sandoval reports. “Google has yet to throw the full force of its marketing muscle behind the service, and managers have told the record companies that they are trying to correct certain issues. Still, the numbers are low enough for some in the music sector to be concerned, the sources said.”

Sandoval reports, “Google managers have told label executives that the service will get a boost once Google implements its hardware strategy, the sources said. Google plans to start competing against Apple by building an array of consumer devices.”

Read more in the full article here.

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

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35 Comments

  1. The Google rip-off artists will continue to fail. Apple has a commanding presence with its proven iTunes Store. Google can’t hope to match it. Google is a bad imitation of anything Apple. Google should have stayed within its competency with search engines. Google might be doing better today if it had! 🙂

    1. This is probably what the Motorola purchase is about — it’s about more than mobile phones and patents, apparently.

      They seem to be playing from MSFT’s playbook of trying to compete in all playing fields because they have the talent, the money and no better business plan than that.

  2. “Google’s managers have told counterparts at the labels that customer adoption and revenue are below what they expected, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the talks,”
    Well of course they are! Is anybody surprised at this? The freetard FanDroids are never going to pay for what they expect to be handed to them on a plate, gratis and free of charge. Fucking idiots.

    1. Fandroid fans are also the five finger music discount crowd. They no buy, they steal. Welcome to the kind of undesirable crowd you appeal to! Apple has already taken the creme de la creme of media and app buyers. What you have left is a wretched hive of scum and villainy and they’re all yours!

  3. so … as many predicted, this confirms Google bought Motorola to be its future in-house OEM for a full line of Android products. just wait a few years until Moto gets it’s sh*t together, yeah sure …

    but also as many predicted, knowing this for sure now, every other OEM is going to dump/fork Android to have their own proprietary OS ASAP now. following in Amazon’s footsteps.

    Android fragmentation? you ain’t seen nothing yet. your basic circular firing squad. making sure that no single OEM – except except Apple – can hold a big chunk of the portable computing market(s).

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