October 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm #144018
Let me open by saying that I love Google products. I think that Google has revolutionized the way we think about information sharing in many respects. But I read this article today over at PC World, about how Google may soon be opening a music store, a la Apple iTunes, and offering services similar to that of Apple’s new iCloud feature. And I’m not sure how I feel.
“I think we’re close,” Android head Andy Rubin said at the AsiaD conference in Hong Kong, adding that Google’s offering wouldn’t be a carbon copy of Apple’s iTunes service or Amazon’s store and cloud locker model. Rubin said Google’s approach “will have a little twist… it will have a little Google in it.”
As much as I love Google, and stand by a lot of what it offers to the public, I cannot help but be a little underwhelmed by the announcement. Apple iTunes is a behemoth, and Amazon’s music store is gaining speed. Also, services like Pandora and Spotify are changing the way we think about music. But is Google really positioned as a viable vendor for music? Is it just throwing out products to see what catches the attention of the public?
If Google + and Google Buzz are any indication, Google’s music store venture will create a lot of initial buzz, then slowly taper away into the abyss. One thing I have to commend Google for, however, is its unwavering tenacity — no matter what, the company will always try new things.
What do you think of Google’s plan to enter the music store market? Would you try it out?
October 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm #144022
I agree with you, David. Having a Mac computer, I find it difficult to justify using something other than iTunes (which comes automatically installed). I’m interested to see how Google music turns out, but I don’t think I would bother trying it out.
October 19, 2011 at 7:00 pm #144020
I don’t download music, so can’t say that I have strong feelings either way. (I’m old fashioned, i buy what few CD’s i want and then I can do anything I want with them and aren’t tied to someone’s DRM telling me what they’ll ALLOW me to do.)
I think my biggest feeling is right in line with the Google+ social network…google is infamous for data mining and selling your data at the drop of a hat. I love their search engine but shy away from anything else simply because I don’t like their blatant lack of privacy and the selling/logging of info.
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