Google to launch music service alongside Android 3.0 - Q4 2010
Google is targeting the holidays for the debut of its much anticipated digital music offering
When Google's VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra announced that the company had acquired music-streaming service Simplify Media, it was immediately apparent that Google intended to do battle with the giants of the digital music business.
Now, in an interview with top Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist, Android product manager Gaurav Jain has revealed that mobile will play a huge part in Google's music strategy right from the beginning.
Jain also confirms for the first time that Google's music service will launch alongside the next version of its mobile operating system -- Android 3.0, code-named Gingerbread -- in time for the holidays this year, Calcalist reports.
New rumors circulated earlier this week suggesting that Apple is on the verge of revealing the fruits of its Lala acquisition in the form of new streaming music and video options tied to its mega-store, iTunes. These rumors suggest a September announcement for streaming iTunes service, which would be bad news for Google.
Streaming iTunes services might overshadow Google's plans, but Android has built a tremendous user base that continues to grow at a rapid rate. Google recently stated that over 160,000 Android phones are activated each day around the world.