Good news for all of you streaming fans out there with this latest report. Both The Verge and the New York Times are reporting that Google is getting set to launch a subscription-based streaming service to compete with the likes of Spotify and Rdio. The reports are saying that Google has signed deals with both Universal Records and Sony to now fill up the service’s catalog. Earlier this year, it was reported that Google had struck the same sort of deal with Warner Music Group.
The service is said to be similar to Spotify and Rdio by offering on-demand streaming of songs from its catalog as well as the ability to create your own playlists. If this is true, then it won’t resemble the same radio-esque style that Pandora has adopted. Pricing information isn’t known but the NYT said that there wouldn’t be a free tier. Our best guess is that it will probably be very similar in pricing to the other streaming options so probably around $10/month for unlimited streaming on mobile and PC. It’s also said that while this service will be based out of Google Play, Google is also working to create some sort of audio-only YouTube service. We don’t know what all that will entail but apparently negotiations are still continuing on that front.
The addition of Sony and Universal is a big one as they include some of the biggest artists out there and they have a massive selection between the two of them. So with the three biggest record labels on board, do you think Google has a chance of luring people away from services like Spotify? I think that it would be great if it was combined with Play Music to create playlists both with music that you’ve bought as well as music that you’re simply streaming. What are your thoughts on the whole idea?