It’s been expected that Google (GOOG) would launch some form of music service, and with Android now a fully established mobile platform, we expect that music service to rival Apple (AAPL) iTunes. The last week has been full of music-related developments on Google’s part, from a handful of uncovered domain URLs to a Market app revealed in a series of leaked screen shots. With this week’s acquisition of PushLife, Google’s even more likely to launch a music service soon, and the integration of PushLife’s software could help Android along in a big way.
PushLife could help Android compete with iTunes
The details of the PushLife acquisition have not been revealed, nor have the exact goals Google has around incorporating the technology into its extended platform. But it could prove helpful to Android’s own music efforts, with its mobile media syncing software. PushLife’s product lineup already includes custom media-management apps that run on Android devices, with support for iTunes and Windows Media Player synchronization.
PushLife’s existing social network integration with Twitter, and even Last.fm, is a necessity, though its ideas around monetization methods are just as noteworthy. An integrated music store, planned in partnership with mobile network operators, fit well with carrier billing, and fit well with Google’s own relationships across carriers and devices.
Livio lands on Android
But PushLife isn’t the only music app in the Android Market -- Livio Radio has launched an Internet radio app for drivers, offering streaming capabilities on the go. Access hundreds of stations for free, and a reported 45,000 with the $4.99 upgrade. Livio has a search option, and also lets you save favorite stations. Already popular with iPhone users, Livio’s Android debut is designed for in-car use, with a built-in phonebook feature.