Summer Jamz

Watch Your Back, Pitchfork: Google Launches Music Blog, Magnifier

I want my Google Music!

Google hopes its sprawling empire will soon extend to television and music, but has had little luck convincing the incumbent players to play nice with its products. As a back door, it seems Google is planning to produce its own content. It’s throwing $100 million into original programming on Youtube, and today Google launched its own music blog, Magnifier.

The site is intended to get users signed up for Google Music, the cloud storage locker which is still in beta. On the homepage today, Magnifier is offering free tracks from My Morning Jacket and The Walkmen for anyone who signs up for Google Music.  Read More

Music

Will Apple Steal the Show With a Licensed Music Locker?

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Amazon made a bold move several weeks ago when it launched a online locker allowing users to store music in the cloud. It offered 5 gigabytes of free storage to entice users and tied the service to its MP3 store, but did not bother to get the permission of the major labels, who have been negotiating for the last year with Google and Apple to launch exactly this kind of service. Google quickly followed suit, rolling out its own music locker during the IO developer conference.

But the buzz this weekend has been about Apple, which has reportedly locked down deals with three of the four major labels. Read More