Will Google have more luck than Amazon in wooing digital music buyers away from Apple’s iTunes? Google appears to be trying some Amazonian tactics, launching a massive pre-Christmas sale in which more than 500,000 albums have been dropped to $4.99, while 10 million tracks are retailing for $0.49. The deals are being offered through the Google Music section on Android Market, meaning that only US customers can take advantage. Naturally, this is also a loss-leader for the Google Music cloud locker service, as shown by the tagline for the chart of 49-cent songs: “This mix of our biggest sellers and essential songs will instantly have your Google Music collection off to a fine start.” The Verge reports that Sony Music is the one major label sitting the sale out, though.

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