Google planning music download store 'with a twist'

Google is planning to launch a music-download service to complement its music locker, the company's Android chief Andy Rubin said today at the All Things Digital AsiaD conference in Hong Kong.
Responding to a question on his company's plans for a music service, Rubin said that Google is "close" to launching an offering that would allow customers to download music. However, he said, unlike competitor alternatives, Google's offering will "have a little twist--it will have a little Google in it."
Google launched its music-locker service, Music Beta, earlier this year. The offering allows users to upload and access their music in the cloud, but it lacks a download store. The omission is notable, considering its two main contenders, Apple and Amazon, have music-downloading stores available to customers.
Rubin's comments are confirmation of a report from last week, claiming Google was working on launching an music-downloading service. Sources with knowledge of the talks told CNET last week that Google has still not finalized any agreements with labels, and an earlier report from the New York Times said the store likely won't launch for several weeks.

store would launch, but he did acknowledge that Google has faced some trouble with media company negotiations in the past.
"Google is in the very very early phases of adding consumer products to our portfolio," Rubin said at the event. "The media industry didn't see us as that. They saw us a search company."
Google did not immediately respond to CNET's re

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