In the race to win mainstream adoption, Google has been exploring a bundling distribution deal for its All Access subscription music streaming service with Verizon's wireless business, according to executives knowledgeable with the discussions.

The No. 1 U.S. wireless company may have had its hand forced, given the advanced discussions between rival AT&T and Beats Music's digital music service. It would also be absorbing Muve Music through its acquisition of Leap Wireless/Cricket.

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