CNet reports that Google has begun testing “Google Music” internally, a sign that the much anticipated service is nearly ready to launch.
Employees at the online behemoth have begun a process commonly referred to in Silicon Valley as dogfooding, in which employees try out a new service or product.
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 that the final version could be much different.
So technologically Google Music–a streaming service that users would access from Web-connected devices–appears close to being ready, but a launch is being held up by the lack of one vital component, say the sources. Music.
Google did not respond to an inquiry from CNET about Google Music.