Google to Open Online MP3 Store to Challenge Apple and Amazon?

Google LogoGoogle is in negotiations with the major record labels to expand its cloud music service and also open an MP3 store that would compete with Apple and Amazon, Newyork Times reports.

According to numerous music executives, Google is eager to open the store in the next several weeks before Apple’s latest cloud music program ‘iTunes Match‘ becomes operational. It would probably be connected to Google’s existing Music Beta cloud service, which lets people back up their songs on remote servers and stream them to mobile phones and other devices.

But it was unclear whether Google would be able to close the necessary deals with labels and music publishers in time to open a full-service store.

Music Beta was announced five weeks after Amazon opened a similar unlicensed service, Cloud Drive.

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