Looks like things are getting even more serious between Apple and Google. In case you are not aware, the search giant recently acquired a digital music streaming service called Simplify Media (sometime around May 20, 2010), which made it evident that Google wants to compete directly with Apple iTunes. Israeli newspaper Calcalist reported that Android product manager Gaurav Jain has confirmed that the company will launch its own digital music service alongside the launch of its next Android (version 3.0) update a.k.a. Gingerbread, that is scheduled to be released sometime end of this year.
Although at this point iTunes is the de facto leader in online music service, considering that over 160,000 Android phones are being activated daily (as per Google), we wouldn’t be surprised to see Google as a strong contender very soon.