According to Bloomberg and others Google’s music store will do the same thing Amazon and iTunes do: sell individual music downloads for $.99 to $1.29. The twist: each song will apparently include some sort of sharing feature — a rumor that borne out by the apparent refusal of Warner Music Group to license the service yet, according to Bloomberg, due to “pricing and piracy concerns.”Google+ social network. (This sounds right, because Warner is a notorious holdout against free streaming.)
Bloomberg holds Google’s feet to the fire for launching a music store eight years after Apple launched iTunes, the first digital music store in the world to sell music from all (then five) major labels.
Here are four reasons that Google, which seems to be all about music this year, would bother selling music: