Google will reportedly release their highly-anticipated music downloading service sometime in the next two weeks. Serving as an add-on to Google Music Beta, the free service will allow users to upload their existing music and manage via the Cloud.
Google’s music downloading service will work essentially like iTunes, selling songs for $0.99 each. The tech giant is currently promoting the service via its social media service, Google+. The service allows users to share songs with their contacts for one free listen before being given the option to purchase the track.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google most likely will not secure the rights to sell music from half the major four labels, specifically Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. In situations like that in the past, as with Spotify and iTunes, product launch has been delayed until rights from SME and WMG could be secured.
Sony has said it won’t sign over the rights to their tracks because Google doesn’t put enough effort into slowing piracy on YouTube and other services. Warner believes there isn’t enough of a financial incentive.