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Report: Google Music could charge $25 yearly

Billboard says that Google's much written about proposed music service, with a cloud component, may include a $25 fee.

Google is proposing to charge users $25 a year to store digital copies of their music on the company's servers, according to a published report.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt greets Universal Music Group Chairman Doug Morris in December. Greg Sandoval/CNET

CNET reported in February that Google has been talking to the four largest record companies about creating a music service that would feature a cloud component.

Ed Christman over at Billboard reported on Tuesday that Google is "circulating a proposal" among the top labels that, in addition to the $25 fee, also includes a plan to give users the option of having "their purchases transferred directly to their cloud-based account."

Google Music users would also be allowed to sample a full-length track one time for free and from then on would be given access to a 30-second snippet.

A Google spokesman declined to comment.

My music industry sources said that much of what Billboard reported appears to be accurate but the sources cautioned that the terms involved will likely change as talks between the search engine and music labels continue.

What that means is we have a ways to go before anything is final.