Google Music appears to be well on its way to adding a download service.
Just yesterday, Android phone users who tried to access Google Music from their device's browser were shown a splash page that noted the service's users could not only upload their "personal music collection," but would also be able to "shop millions of songs in Android Market." A description of the offering under that tagline said that users can "get songs from your favorite artists in Android Market, including hundreds of free tracks."
Talk of a Google Music MP3 downloading service first started last week when Google's Android chief Andy Rubin said that his company would allow users to download tracks from the service. He added that the store would also come with a "twist--it will have a little Google in it."
Soon afterward, CNET exclusively reported that the twist was a social feature that would let users gift tracks to others. However, CNET's sources said, the gift's recipient could only listen to a track once, unless they received the same song from another user, which would allow them to listen one more time.
In a follow-up report, the Wall Street Journal said earlier this week that the MP3 download store's social feature will be linked with Google+, the search giant's social "project."
Even as details emerge, Google is still staying mum on when it will actually launch the service. Sources have told CNET that the company has yet to ink deals with all four major record labels, which could delay things. However, the Journal said recently that Google plans to launch the download store within the next couple of weeks.
Google did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment on its launch timing.