Google Music Store in the works?

Google Music Store in the works?

Summary: Google Video Store has given us a the ability search, view, download and purchase video.  I have been thinking about the possibility of a similar service which would help us do the same with audio or music.

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Google Video Store has given us a the ability search, view, download and purchase video.  I have been thinking about the possibility of a similar service which would help us do the same with audio or music.  It seems like it would be natural for Google to think about doing something like this.

A good place to start on the quest for a Google music player is Google Video Player.  A product similar to this for music could be called "Google Music Player", so that was where I started.

You can download the video player from http://dl.google.com/videoplayer/GoogleVideoPlayerSetup.exe.  If there was to be a music player, you would find it somewhere like http://dl.google.com/musicplayer/GoogleMusicPlayerSetup.exe, however that URL doesn't exist.  Using a browser to visit dl.google.com/blahblah and dl.google.com/musicplayer gives us an interesting result -- two different error messages.  Now it's my mission to find out what it could mean

I turn to my friend telnet to view the headers for these two URL's.  The first one I peeked at is dl.google.com/blahblah.  The headers weren't anything particularly interesting, they were exactly what I expected. 

HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
Cache-control: private
Content-Length: 141
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 02:14:57 GMT
Content-Type: text/html
Server: GFE/1.3

The "musicplayer" address gives us something a bit more interesting to ponder.  It has a cookie and is hosted on a server labelled "mws" -- could this mean Music Web Server?

HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
Set-Cookie: PREF=ID=eeb517f32d5c71322:TM =1138155448:LM=1138155118:S=DiySE fssjechVz
pe9; expires=Sun, 17-Jan-2038 19:14:07 GMT; path=/; domain=.google.com
Content-Type: text/html
Server: mws
Content-Length: 1322
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 02:18:08 GMT

A music service to rival Apple's iTunes or Microsoft's Urge might be something to keep your ears to the ground about.  Music is big business, and Google knows how to heat things up even when it's hot.

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  • Google DRM

    The obvious success will depend on Google's stance on DRM,
    and if their system can be integrated with the devices that
    everyone uses (read: iPods).

    I think Google might be better suited as distributing DRM-free
    music from artists that want exposure, and providing the
    interface for finding such files.

    Interesting how Google has gone from a philosophy of "do no
    evil" to one of "okay, maybe do some evil" as of late,
    implementing DRM and censoring for authoritarian
    governments.
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