Google's new music store: rocking good news or security risk?

As we know, what Google really wants for Christmas is to have all the same toys as Microsoft and Apple. So what better treat could the company find in its stocking than news of the Wall Street Journal detailing its new music store?

Sources (unnamed ones) suggest that this new Internet music store will feature options to both stream or download tracks. But why would users want to use an offering from Google of this kind when there’s already iTunes and Windows Media Player – not to mention Adobe Media Player and Spotify of course?

The answer lies in search. If Google presents users with additional search functionality tied to the music content they are enjoying then it’s just an extra service right?

Well not quite, driving search is of course what Google is all about and it is in the company’s best interests to fuel more search clicks. Google did work that out before they thought of this.

There are subsequent plans to provide integration with Google’s Android mobile device operating system for the new music store by 2011. Built around a modified version of the Linux kernel (the operating system’s core), this integration to mobile – if it happens – may raise more security questions than Google may be happy about.

The reason for these concerns may come to light if a new Android market threat report from security company SMobile Systems proves to hold water. According to the report, somewhere around 20 percent of the present 48,000 Android applications in existence leave doorways open for malicious content and/or third-party application access to sensitive or private information.

One hopes that Google will address the wider issue of security if current concerns prove to be real (this is not the place for a detailed analysis) and that these difficulties are not carried through to the music store when it arrives.

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