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Google unplugs its India Music Service

News Helpline | August, 08 2013

Google Inc. has recently closed its music service in India in less than three years after its launch.The news comes in as the tech giant Google has been fusing its product and services, a program that it began in 2011.Earlier this year, Google has also closed down services such as the Google Reader that permitted people to keep tabs on their preferred websites; the Building Maker that was used for creating three-dimensional building models for Google Earth and maps; and the voice app for Blackberry, in the middle of others.“This is part of an ongoing effort across Google to bring greater focus to our portfolio of products,” a spokeswoman for the Indian unit of Google said in a statement. “In the case of music, we felt that there are many legal music options for users now featured in search (from other websites).”Google launched the music service in the year 2010 to assist the Indian internet users. People could search and download legal online music. It was a move to combat digital piracy. Google partnered with local music company, Saregama India Ltd.;, an Indian portal owned by Network 18 Media & Investments Ltd along with New York based company, Saavn LLC for offering service and classifying songs.Google had informed about its decision to shut down the service from June 7, an executive at, who is in charge of the partnership, said on condition of anonymity.“Online entertainment will remain an important area for Google and its mission,” the statement said.Saregama India and Saavn were not available for instant comments.

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