Google Music is expected to launch today at the search giant’s I/O event in San Francisco. The digital locker service is set to look very similar to Amazon’s Cloud Drive and Cloud Player offerings, although the Big G’s service is set to offer free space for a whacking 20,000 tunes.
When you consider Amazon only offers room for 1,200 tracks for free, it looks like Google is about to gazump its key rival completely. But the company’s not had it all its own way, with Android exec Jamie Rosenberg telling All Things D that initial plans for the service had to be shelved due to lack of co-operation from the major music labels.
“Unfortunately, a couple of the major labels were less focused on the innovative vision that we put forward, and more interested in in an unreasonable and unsustainable set of business terms,” he said.
That means that unlike Amazon’s service, you won’t be able to buy music directly from Google. However, there will be an automatic playlist creation tool. More details are expected later today, with Google Music being invite only to start. All US users will be able to play nice within weeks, however. The service is expected to form a key part of Android phones and tablets.