Android 3.0 to include music streaming, take on Apple?

A senior Android exec has said that Google will be launching a music-streaming service alongside Android 3.0 later this year. Apple too seems to be gearing up for cloud-warfare...

Clouds might be getting between you and your awesome tan, but you'll have to learn to love them. It looks like Google and Apple are taking their mobile rivalry to the skies later this year, with both parties gearing up to unleash cloud-based music streaming services.

Android product manager Gaurav Jain has told Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist that Google's music-streaming service will launch alongside Android 3.0 later this year.

Codenamed Gingerbread, 3.0 is the next version of the Android mobile operating system, and should be here in time for Christmas. Earlier this year Google acquired music-streaming experts Simplify Media, who will doubtless be helping out behind the scenes to get this mysterious new service shipshape and ready for launch come the end of the year.

Apple, meanwhile, acquired music-streaming service Lala back in December, stirring up rumours that Jobsco was planning its own music streaming service  for iTunes.

Is the world ready for mobile music streaming? We certainly think so, and while we can't wait to see what Google and Apple can come up with, we can't help but feel a little worried for streaming services such as Spotify , which risk being crushed when these two tech behemoths clash.

So, uh... what do you guys think?

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