Google I/O will start in a few hours today and if you are wondering what is in store for us in this year’s Google I/O apart from the Android here is the good news. Google is reportedly launching a new music streaming service similar to Spotify, the announcement might comes in a few hours as Google I/O start tonight. The Verge is reporting that Google secured licensing deals with record labels, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group.
According to reports Google stuck licensing deals with these labels separately for Google Play Store and YouTube as Google wants to add separate subscription service to YouTube and Google Play. If Google announces the music subscription today it will get ahead of Apple, as the later is also planning to launch a music radio service. But Apple service is not not like Spotify but it will resemble that of Pandora according to reports.
The New York Times also chimed with a report saying Google won’t add any free subscription plan like the Spotify one. It is not clear how much Google charge for the plan, but if you see other services plans it should be somewhere close to $10/ month.
The WSJ is also reporting that Google is in talks with the labels to secure music videos and an audio-only songs for YouTube. It is not clear how this works out.
We will know in a few hours if Google launches a music streaming service at Google I/O. Will you use it if Google launches this. Microsoft has similar kind of subscription with Xbox Music available on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.