If all goes according to this rumoured plan, Google Music will be out along with Android 3.0 this spring/summer, and it'll charge you just $US25 per year to store songs in the cloud. At least, if the labels let it.
The $US25 per year plan is Google's opening offer to the music industry, reports Billboard. It's not clear how much storage that would give you, or how long you could store a given track there. But the details available sound pretty enticing: Purchases - at prevailing industry rates - could be transferred directly to your cloud-based account in addition to Google scanning your hard drive for tracks you already own and storing them online. Google also wants to go the Lala route of letting you listen to a song all the way through once, with 30-second samples available thereafter. There would also be Ping-like social elements, and you'd presumably be able to listen to your music from any internet-connected device.
Of course, one of the reasons this all sounds so great is that it's Google's dream plan. By the time it goes through the record label ringer - the same one with which Apple's been contending since it snapped up Lala - we could be looking at something more expensive, more limited and entirely less appealing.