Google Planning ITunes Rival, Says Motorola Chief

Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has accidentally spilled the beans on Google's plan for launching a music store to compete with rival Apple's iTunes platform.

According to The Guardian, Sanjay Jha, speaking during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, let it slip that Google will be launching a music store along with the Android Honeycomb operating system which will run on Motorola's upcoming Xoom tablet device.

“If you look at Google Mobile services [via Android] today, there's a video service, there's a music service – that is, there will be a music service,” he said.

A Google Music application has been in the rumour mills for quite some time now but no direct references have been made to it by a top ranking business leader until now.

Last year in what might have been a sign of their intentions Google bought out Simplify Media, a company involved in sharing digitised music across platforms.

Apple's iTunes store has sold over 10bn songs since its inception in 2003. It claims a 66% share of online digital music sales, with its nearest competitor at present being Amazon.

Google is yet to give any official comment on when or whether they are intending to launch such a music service.