I kid, I kid. Google’s Music Store is interesting for a few reasons.
While the prices will apparently be between $0.99 and $1.29 — the same as iTunes — Google may discount tracks to entice buyers. Of course, Amazon has done this for years to little effect.
As Brian Womack and Andy Fixmer report for Bloomberg, only three of the four big labels are said to be on board: Sony, Universal, and EMI. The fourth, Warner, is holding out apparently due to pricing and piracy concerns.
It has been about 18 months since Google first indicated their iTunes competitor was coming “soon” (and sounded “awesome”). If they really still don’t have all four labels on board, that’s just sad. And I don’t understand why they’d launch without everyone on board. Spotify waited. Apple waited. Everyone waits. It’s weird to have a huge chunk of popular music unavailable.