Google’s circulating proposal among record labels for its music service that would include digital download store and a subscription-based cloud-based “locker”. According to industry sources “the search giant has proposed charging consumers about $25 a year to store songs in the “locker,” from which they could access their music on Internet-connected device by either streaming or downloading. Google’s download store would operate like a conventional digital retailer, giving consumers ability to purchase individual tracks and digital albums.”
“locker” subscribers will be able to transfer their purchase directly to their cloud-based account. And Google’s seeking right to provide each customer with ability to listen to a full-track stream of every song once — as Lala.com did — after which customer would be limited to a 30-second sample of that song.
locker would also have social networking features, such as allowing users to send playlists to fellow subscribers, entitling those users to listen to each song in its entirety once. Google would make available a web-based music player and a mobile app for playback of tracks from cloud-based locker.
Google is seeking three-year licensing agreement from labels, although its not clear when — the service will be launched first.