Amazon and Google are separately in talks with the music industry to launch new digital music services to attack Apple's iTunes.
“I do believe Amazon and Google will do something serious,” the chief executive of one large music company told the Financial Times. “We have had active communications in the last 60 days.”
Amazon was further advanced than Google in its plans, he said, and could launch a download service as early as the second quarter of this year. Google had “very serious” discussions with the music industry late last year, he said, but these are now moving more slowly.
Google says it has no plans at this time to develop an online music store and also denied rumours that it would takeover Napster.