San Francisco – Google (NASD: GOOG) has begun testing its Google Music
service internally, CNET News.com reported, citing music industry sources.
sources said the technology end of the service is near completion, but the
launch is being held up by licensing negotiations with the record labels music
The delays are said to relate to the complexity of the rights Google is
seeking; namely, to store users’ music libraries on its servers.
Labels have so far been
weary of such digital locker services, and are actively suing locker service
MP3tunes for copyright infringement.
Google had previously planned to launch
its music service in late 2010, and then earlier this month at South by
Southwest; CNET speculates the service could now potentially launch in May at
Google’s I/O conference.