Google has sent journalists an invitation to a music-themed event on Wednesday (16-Nov), sparking speculation that it’s finally ready to launch its long-mooted Google Music store. The event is titled ‘These Go To Eleven’, with the invite sent out on 11/11/11 by Spinal Tap character Nigel Tufnel, suitably. CNET has some more details, claiming that Universal Music Group will be present at the event after signing a licensing deal for Google’s downloads store, but suggests that Sony Music and Warner Music have yet to sign on the dotted line, although talks are thought to be continuing.
In separate but almost certainly related news, Google has been criticised by the RIAA for refusing to remove an Android app called MP3 Music Download from its store, despite accusations that the app is openly fuelling music piracy. “We sent a takedown notice to Google in August for this particular app, which is clearly being used for illegal purposes, and Google responded that they were declining to remove it from the Android Market,” an RIAA spokesperson tells PCMag.