Holiday season launch for Google Music service

All the talk of the last few days after the Apple media event last week has been about the iTunes 10 download incorporating Ping, a new music-based social network. First we brought you the news of its launch, and then earlier today told how Ping has already picked up over a million users.

Now it appears something’s happening that Apple may not want to know about and that is the launch of a Google Music service. Just as Apple has launched a full-scale assault on rejuvenating iTunes and its music market, backed up of course with a new iPod range, along comes a spoiler. Jolie O’Dell over on Mashable sourced from Reuters, reports that Google VP of Engineering, Andy Rubin, is planning a launch of its download music service in time for Christmas .

The Google Music service is to be entrenched with the Android operating system and the initial plans are to launch the music download service. As Google Music takes off there will then follow an online subscription service with the ultimate aim being a cloud-based service. Rubin is said to have been in serious talks with various record labels and an industry insider confirmed that record labels seem to be in favor because Google has the resources to be able to compete with Apple iTunes, a big plus point being direct streaming to Android mobile devices which continue to grow in popularity.

Google already provides a music search feature and it seems that the people in the know think Google could have a big hit on its hands especially as we noted in our earlier article, as Ping has not been without criticism. For more on this go to mashable.com. Would you be interested in a Google Music service? We’d like to hear your thoughts about this so feel free to send in your comments.