Google to launch online music locker service

Google will announce a new music service Tuesday that, according to reports, will allow users to store their music online.

The move will pit Google directly against Amazon, which launched a service in March that allows users to upload to the cloud the music they purchase from Amazon and also other music and files.

A Google spokeswoman confirmed that it was launching the service, called Music Beta by Google, on Tuesday, but did not provide further details. More details will be available on Tuesday and Wednesday on the Website for the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, she said in an e-mailed statement.

Google, like Amazon, has not secured licenses from the four major recorded-music companies in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

To avoid people misusing the service for music piracy, Google will not allow users to download music from the online lockers, and will only allow them to listen on their devices to music streamed from the online storage, the WSJ report said.

Its new service will be called Music Beta by Google, The New York Times reported on Monday.

The New York Times quoted Jamie Rosenberg, director of digital content for Android, as saying that a couple of major labels were demanding a set of business terms that were unreasonable.

The Google service will let users listen to their music on Android phones or tablets and computers, the newspaper reported.

Amazon’s service allows users to store their music and other digital files in an Amazon Cloud Drive, and play it back using Amazon’s Cloud Player on the Mac, PCs, and phones and tablets running the Android operating system. (The company added iOS compatibility this past weekend.) Apple is also planning to launch a similar online music locker service, according to reports.

Amazon said in March that its customers said that they don’t want to download music to their work computers or phones because they find it hard to move music around to different devices.

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