Google has begun testing Google Music internally, a sign that their service is nearly ready to launch.
CNET posted that Employees have begun a process commonly referred to in Silicon Valley as dog-fooding, in which employees try out a new service or product, music industry.
Two weeks ago someone writing at the XDA Developers forum claimed to have accidentally discovered Google Music after installing the Honeycomb version of the Android operating system on a phone. Turns out, that was indeed a working version of the service, the music industry insiders said, adding, however, that the final version could be much different.
Technologically speaking, then, Google Music – a streaming service users would access from Web-connected devices – appears close to being ready. However, it’s said the actual launch is being held up by the lack of one vital component. Music.
Google managers told counterparts at the top four record companies last year that they hoped everything would be in place for a launch by late 2010, sources said. More recently, Google tentatively planned to demonstrate the service earlier this month at the South by Southwest conference.
Negotiations with at least some of the top publishers and with the four largest record labels are ongoing, delays are largely due to the complexity of the subject matter. Google is after cloud music rights and not just for songs acquired from Google Music.