Google Music: Four Things We Can Expect from Today's Announcement
Google Music: Four Things We Can Expect from Today's Announcement

Google is weeks away from launching an online music store that will take on Apple and Amazon, though the company's dealings with major labels are far from complete, according to reports in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

In May the company launched Google Music Beta, which currently operates as a cloud service that lets users stream their music remotely. The store would likely fall under the umbrella of service.

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This development comes after a major push back from record labels in the program's earlier stages. Google's proposed "smart locker system," an online storage system to let users link their music to a central database, left music industry representatives feeling the company wasn't doing enough to curb piracy.

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Neither Google nor the record labels have commented on the plans, but Apple's estimated late-October release date for its own cloud service, iTunes Match, could mean Google is looking to announce before Match's launch.