Is Google Working on a Streaming Music Service with Subscriptions and Free Plans? New Report Says Yes!

February 22, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

We’ve talked about this before, and a number of our readers asked if it would ever happen, but according to a new report coming from Financial Times, it appears that Google is working on a Streaming service for Google Music. Google is planning on taking on services like Pandora, Slacker, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Deezer and many others. Now you know that Google already has a music store, although it’s not available for many country. This new service would give the search engine giant access to millions of songs, Spotify already has over 16 million songs in its arsenal.

Google does already have plans to launch a paid subscription service for YouTube, which would allow subscribers to pay to watch their favorite shows and artists. So having a music streaming service in the works as well is not that far fetched and something many of us have been hoping for. But the question is, does Google have the infrastructure to handle a music streaming service? Well they kinda already do. How many of you stream music from Google Music already? I do it just about everyday and have no problems.

There is an obstacle though, recently the RIAA came after Google with allegations that it failed in its attempt to stop content piracy. Here’s what Google had to say about that:

We have invested heavily in copyright tools for content owners and process takedown notices faster than ever. In the last month we received more than 14 million copyright removal requests for Google Search, quickly removing more than 97% from search results. In addition, Google’s growing partnerships and distribution deals with the content industry benefit both creators and users, and generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the industry each year.

So this might put their music streaming service back a bit. But we’re still hoping we could see it launch soon. This might be wishful thinking, but I’d love to see it announced at Google I/O, wouldn’t you?

How many of you are interested in a streaming music service from Google? How much would you pay for it? Let us know in the comments below.