|"Anything You can do I can do better" - Google|
With the boost in popularity of sites like Spotify and Pandora, I was not very surprised to see that Google is joining the music streaming fray. Youtube will soon feature a free with ads and premium, ad-free music streaming service. As many of you probably know (or might not know), Google owns YouTube, on top of things like Gmail (naturally), blogger, drive, maps, calendar, and images. Many of these services that Google provides have become, as we talked about in class earlier in the semester: transparent. Heck, google has even become a contemporary verb - googling.
With the addition of a (I assume) competent music streaming service that can rival spotify and pandora, it would seem that Google would become even more transparent in that it would have one more feature that we become very accustomed to. Yet, the neat thing with Google is that it has all of these cool features tied to one account. I think that youtube adding a streaming service is a good idea, despite the increase in transparency of and dependence on Google's services.
What do you all think? Do you use streaming music sites? Is Google taking over? Too transparent? Are we too dependent on it? Am I asking too many questions?