(The Hosting News) – Google is launching a new cloud-based music service that provides users with access to their music library, no matter their location. The service was developed to compete with other popular music services such as Apple’s iTunes and will be called “Music Beta by Google”.
Music Beta by Google will function by allowing its users to upload their music to Google’s servers. The user can then access the streaming files from any location where internet is available, thus allowing Android users with an easier way to access the files without having to store them on their mobile devices.
Despite the launch, Google has yet to receive licensing from key record labels, although the company said negotiations are in the works.
Amazon took a similar approach with its cloud-based music player, which resulted in music labels exploring legal options after the company failed to receive licensing approval.
Google was set to make the official announcement at the company’s I/O developer conference.
Meanwhile, Apple is said to not be far behind in developing its own cloud-based music service. Insiders say that the company is close to finalizing a licensing deal with record labels. Despite getting their cloud-based service out faster than Apple, some analysts believe that one by Apple with licensing approval could appear more legitimate, thus becoming more successful.