Jha: Google Music to Launch Alongside Honeycomb on the Motorola XOOM


The pricing of the Motorola XOOM wasn’t the only news CEO Sanjay Jha dropped while at Mobile World Congress. According to a quote from Guardian UK, Jha also let it slip that Google Music would launch concurrently with Honeycomb. Considering Honeycomb is launching on the XOOM, and the XOOM is launching at the end of this month, does this mean we will finally have the cloud-based music service we were teased with at last year’s Google I/O? We sure hope so.

Reports surfaced via Billboard confirming Andy Rubin’s involvement in the project as of late, with record label inside sources saying he has been personally approaching major music outlets to sell them on the benefits of Google Music. This service would function as a direct contender to iTunes, and has been influenced by the acquisition of Simplify Media last year and their  work in cross-platform music sharing.

Google Music could be many things, from a simple online webstore with the ability to install direct to device a la the new Android Market webstore to a cloud storage service that brings your existing music library to any device wherever you are. More likely, it will be some combination of the two.

The whole thing hinges on record labels getting behind the project, and it seems they have been hesitant thus far. But if Jha’s revelation that Google Music is just around the bend is true, it means all the pieces are finally falling into place.

[via guardian.co.uk]

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  1. We can only hope that it’s given more attention than the web-based Market and its infamous unknown devices.
    I am not optimistic.

  2. Google Music will be stunning.
    Honeycomb is absolutely awesome!
    I want Xoom in black!!!

  3. I hope this works out better than Google TV. Same kind of a situation.

  4. This will take off and be a success. I think people are tired of iTunes and want more alternative options beyong Amazon. Integrating it into Android only makes sense, I just hope they don’t revolve everything around it like Apple does with iTunes. One can only hope this is another way to get Google TV up to speed as well.

  5. This will spur android forward and will be even better on the galaxy tab 2

  6. Finally! I’ve been waiting a long time for this. I really hope it has a subscription service similar to zune, cuz I can’t afford to get grounded for jacking my parents credit cards again. Also, as cool as the option to stream music is, I’d rather download it. By downloading there’s way less consumption of data as well as better performance

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