It has been reported that Google has begun the testing of its Google Music service internally which could be a sign that this service which is widely anticipated across the world might be nearing its launch. According to sources from the music industry, the employees of the internet search giant have begun the process of dog fooding, which in Silicon Valley lexicon means the trying out of a new service by the employees. Around two weeks ago a writer at the XDA Developers forum claimed that after having installed the Android version 3.0 Honeycomb to his phone he accidentally discovered Google Music. It turned out that it was actually a working model of the service; however insiders have said that the final version could well be very different.
Google hasn’t officially responded to any media queries about Google Music. However, the service, which will let user listen to audio streams from the internet on connected devices, does appear to be very close to being ready. The sources have said that the launch of the service is actually being held up as the main component, music, remains absent.
Managers at Google had supposedly conducted talks with the four largest recording companies in the country last year, hoping that the service would be ready for launch sometime by the end of 2010. Google had also recently planned to showcase Google Music at the South by Southwest conference held earlier this month. However, the negotiations with the largest record labels are still ongoing according to the sources. The cause of the delays has been said to be the complexity of the subject matter as Google is perusing cloud music rights and not just those for that users acquire from Google Music.