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Google To Launch Music Service Without Sony And WMG?

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (Hypebot) — Google wants to launch its music download service as soon as possible, a source tells Hypebot. Team Google reportedly believes that a unique music sharing feature combined with its own social network Google+ will set it apart from competitors. In fact, the pressure to launch is so strong that it may move forward without all of the major labels aboard.

Sony is reportedly taking the often heard position that Google does not do enough to fight piracy. Getting further in bed with the company, according to Sony, sends the wrong message.

Warner Music simply wants more money, according to the WSJ. Google's music locker is free and Apple is about to launch music-locker iTunes Match, charging $25 a year and reportedly sharing 70% of that with the labels.