Chief executive officer for Motrola Mobility Sanjay Jha let it slip today that Google is arming for war against Apple’s iTunes music service by launching a competitor through their Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS. It’s not secret that Google has been looking to topple Cupertino’s dominance in the music download business, having bought Simplify Media last Spring for that purpose. But the acknowledgment that Google is making ready a music service through Honeycomb means that Google Music is likely a done deal.
Just last week, Billboard magazine reported that Google VP of Engineering had been quietly contacting music executives about the new music service and promised an online store and service. In addition, Google VP Vic Gundotra has been reported as saying that Google Music would be used in both a desktop application as well as remote access to music and “unprotected” films on Android phones and tablets.
But with an already crowded field that includes Amazon and others, would Google Music be just another also ran or would it rocket to the top of the food chain and get their piece of the music download pie? Apple recently sold their 10 billionth music download through iTunes, and at .99 minimum a song, so the market is quite lucrative.[via The Guardian]