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Google Launches Cloud Music Service

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    Google's music service looks like Amazon's in one big way: neither have major-music-label support. The rush to the cloud (and revenue) won't be slowed by a lack of deals, the Wall Street Journal reports.

    Two differences from Amazon's service, though: Google will give users more storage space, but not the ability to buy songs, like on Amazon.

    The Google product works like a remote hard drive: users upload their music into the cloud and stream (not download) with their Android-enabled devices. This model, similar to Amazon's Cloud Music service, is referred to as a passive locker.

    If deals were set with music labels, users could instantly access songs stored in central servers, rather than upload every song in their collections, the WSJ explains.

    Google's talks with the music labels stalled last year, but they're pushing out a reduced version of their plan rather than having nothing at all, according to Peter Kafka at All Things D.

    Apple has had more luck piecing together deals with music labels. Their plan, reportedly, is to have users put a master music file in one place, and access from all their other devices.