Last month, Amazon launched a "Cloud Player" ahead of both Google and Apple. No license needed, or so they think, since users are uploading their own music.
Google wants to do the same thing and they're pissed...at the major record labels. "Disgusted" is the actual word that was used. They're trying to do things by the book, with a license, but are having problems getting that taken care of, because major labels don't want to play ball.
One solution... Google should buy the music industry.
Another... Google should follow Amazon, put up its music locker without a license, and let the legal system figure out if it's legal or not.
I signed up for Amazon's cloud service the day it was launched. Since then, I've purchased four albums and various singles, even though I uploaded 32,263 songs that I already owned and had no need to buy any more...especially when you add the other music services I subscribe to, including two Sirius radios, three XM radios, and Pandora.
But I did... Because it was so easy. In fact, it was so easy, two of the albums I purchased were titles I already owned on CD and could have converted to mp3 and uploaded myself for free.
I prefer "easy" over "free" though...just like most people.
See something you want, click on the "buy" button, and you've got it in your locker...instantly. No downloads, no software to mess with. You can listen to it from any computer or your mobile phone.
Making things easier to buy will save the music business. Too bad not everybody in "music industry" gets that.