Google was hoping to launch its new music service this year, but a report in the New York Post suggests the company may be stymied by rightsholder concerns over the planned locker element. “What’s been holding things up is that the labels will do downloads, but they need to know more about the locker service, and Google really wants to keep the two together,” one music industry source tells the newspaper, while also suggesting Google needs to provide more details of how the advertising model around Google Music will work. “It doesn’t look like it will launch in the fourth quarter, more like late first quarter”. These negotiations are, of course, taking place while the EMI/MP3tunes case plays out in the background, which would have direct implications for Google’s plans whichever company prevails.

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