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Google Stops Offering Free Music Service In China 67

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SquarePixel writes "Google has yanked its free music service in China after being unable to make it popular enough. The service offered Chinese people free licensed music downloads and was launched in 2009 to compete with the rival search engine Baidu. 'Once China's second largest search provider, Google has now fallen to fourth place, overtaken by other local companies. — Google's popularity in the country has waned ever since 2010, when the company pulled the plug on its China-based search engine following disputes with the government over censorship and hacking concerns. Google's market share is at 5 percent, while Baidu's is 74 percent.'"
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Google Stops Offering Free Music Service In China

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  • by O3993 (2736913) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @01:29PM (#41422169)
    With free music downloads and all.
    • by gshegosh (1587463)
      Yeah, who needs clean air and water or basic freedoms when one can download music for free.
      • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Awww. You think you have clean air and basic freedoms. That's cute.

        • Aww, you think you're clever. That's adorable.
        • by poity (465672)

          "You're not perfect" is the tried-and-true retort of the miserable.
          Say this, or anything like it, and you shut down criticism along with any desire for self-reflection.
          Enjoy your brief moment of one-upmanship, because ultimately it's not he who loses, but you.

        • by gshegosh (1587463)

          Awww. You think you have clean air and basic freedoms. That's cute.

          Yeah, being able to comment about my freedom (or lack of it) without risking death penalty makes living where I live a little bit better than in China. And, water here is still blue and air is transparent. Not like on pictures I've seen from China, but of course they were photoshopped.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Yeah, who needs ... basic freedoms when one can download music for free.

        +1

        Here in America you are totally free to get on the TSA no-fly list by exercising your freedom of speech.

  • What? (Score:4, Funny)

    by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @01:30PM (#41422183)

    "Google is shutting a Chinese music search service that offered free licensed music downloads because it wasn't popular enough"

    They should launch it in Europe or North America then, I don't think they would have that problem here. What's next, will they launch a free Japanese online library in Brazil?

  • Can compete with China
  • by msobkow (48369)

    If we can't be #1, we're going to take our ball and go home...

    • Re:Wah! (Score:4, Insightful)

      by firex726 (1188453) <[moc.oohay] [ta] [627xerif]> on Saturday September 22, 2012 @01:55PM (#41422399)

      If it's losing them money and they are losing market share, why not?
      It was a gimmick to gain market share, it failed, so why keep doing it?

      • Why keep it going? Because I live in China and I like it.

        Actually no, I always use Baidu.com to download my music. Google flopped because it just doesn't provide what Chinese people want. It keeps thinking that providing American preferences to Chinese people will be successful. Baidu's search and other services like music are way behind Google's but Baidu understands the Chinese marketplace and provides services tailored to match.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    That's almost 70 million people. And Google can get an average advertising revenue stream of $50/yr per viewer, then that's adding annual sales of $3.5 billion.

    That's the "Chinese Math" that venture capitalists every week in pitches from entrepreneurs.

  • by fm6 (162816) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @02:37PM (#41422687) Homepage Journal

    If you refuse to collaborate with repressive and corrupt government, refrain from pushing tax loopholes, lax regulations, and permissive laws, and treat your customers and employees fairly and respectfully, it's going to cost you money, at least in the short term. And your stockholders are only interested in money, and are not great at long-term thinking. Executives who don't maximize profits lose their jobs. So "profits over people" is not so much a sign of corporate depravity as a sign of an absence of corporate free will.

    Google can get away with being an exception to this because Google is structured so that Brin, Page, and Schmidt between them have 2/3 of the voting power, even though their equity stake is less than 5%. This allows them to ignore the other stockholders and do things like turn their backs on the largest market on the planet for purely ethical reasons.

    I guess this kind of corporate dictatorship is cool when it means that ethics can overcome greed. On the other hand, it also means that Google can't seem to outgrow its backyard hot tub origins [cnn.com].

    • by Grishnakh (216268) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @02:54PM (#41422795)

      Why should anyone give a shit if Google can "outgrow their backyard hot tub origins"? Google is already a big company, and globally recognized. Isn't that good enough? This American obsession with growing and growing without end needs to stop. Companies don't need to grow. They need to grow to a comfortable size, and then when they're at an efficient size for whatever they're doing, they should be able to just maintain that size, provide good products and services and provide good employment for their employees and be profitable, and that should be good enough, without a bunch of morons whining about how they're not growing any more and this makes them "stagnant".

      • by TheSwift (2714953)
        What's enticing about Google isn't so much how big it can get as a corporate company, but how much it can connect the world through open-source methods and ideas. The prospect of connecting the world's largest demographic through social media and other social interactivity to America and the rest of the world who relies heavily on Google fits very nicely into Google's vision. It makes perfect sense why Google would want to expand their market to China. Google isn't going to accept a "comfortable size" - it'
      • by fm6 (162816)

        Why should anyone give a shit if Google can "outgrow their backyard hot tub origins"? Google is already a big company, and globally recognized. Isn't that good enough? This American obsession with growing and growing without end needs to stop.

        I was talking about their ability to act like a mature software company, not get bigger. They're certain good at that They've grown at least 20% every year since they were founded, often much more. The software side as at 34,000 employees, and was growing at about 1,000 a year before they bought Motorola and added 20,000 employees in one fell swoop.

      • by bloodhawk (813939)
        There is nothing wrong with a company not growing and instead just producing a healthy profit. However that is not how google has its shares currently priced, to move to that model would see Google shares halve in value, nothing wrong with that but it would sure piss off all their investors.
      • by Pulzar (81031)

        Google is already a big company, and globally recognized. Isn't that good enough? This American obsession with growing and growing without end needs to stop.

        Because time and time again, the companies that stop growing start dying... there are precious few that can just continue to do what they do forever on, and there are probably none in the fast-changing tech world.

        If you aren't growing, it means you're not doing new things that people want, and in the world where hundreds of other companies are trying n

    • by houghi (78078)

      Google's market share is at 5 percent, while Baidu's is 74 percent. And then you said turn their backs on the largest market on the planet for purely ethical reasons. and also I guess this kind of corporate dictatorship is cool when it means that ethics can overcome greed.

      To me it sounds as if they left because of greed and not ethics. Sure, it might mean that they can not do business in China on their ethical scale, but they left because of the profits.

      • by fm6 (162816)

        I was referring to their decision to shut down their Chinese search engine two years ago. If they had kept it open (which would have meant complying with government policies on censorship and user privacy) they would certainly be one of the biggest search providers in China, and their other Chinese businesses would have done much better.

      • by gshegosh (1587463)
        Last time I checked, there were more than 1 000 000 000 Chinese people. 5% of it is still 50 million people, they would need 130% market share in my country to have so many users ;-)
    • It doesn't matter how benevolent the shareholders are, because if they don't do things that maximize profit, even if most companies don't do things that maximize profit, there will be one company that does, and that company will push all the others out of business.

      You can be good, but if you aren't profitable some other company will push you out, and t he only ones remaining will be evil companies.
      • by fm6 (162816)

        When you spin complicated (and in this case, logically inconsistent) theories, you might want to test them against the real world.

        You can be profitable without maximizing profit, and that's precisely what Google does. They make so much money from their few businesses that make money, they can have a lot of other business that are unprofitable, and even turn their back on major markets (China! One third of the human race!) and still have a bottom line ($8 billion in profit last year) that boggles the mind.

    • By definition all governments are repressive and corrupt.
      • by fm6 (162816)

        Ah, another silly libertarian. All public entities are bad, all private ones are good. By that logic, the ideal society is run by the Mafia.

        • Just look at how public entities are formed. By theft. If I don't want to support X Corp, I don't buy X Corp's products. They get none of my revenue. If I oppose, say, a government's war, I must fund it or get tossed in jail.

          A corporation's goal is to make money. In a free market they can only get money by making products or producing services that people want. A government's goal is control. Since the end of the gold standard, the government doesn't even have to make money, it can just print it and dev
          • by fm6 (162816)

            Well, if you only look at the things that governments do that you don't like (make you pay taxes) and only look at the stuff private business does that you do like (sells you stuff you want), then yeah, government is absolutely evil and businesses are absolutely good.

            But in the real world, governments do good things and businesses do bad things. Look at the history of slavery.

            Another little point: what do you suppose happens to private entities when there's no government to restrict their power? The become

  • My parents lived in the UK for 5 years before moving back to China. I have create OpenVPN + Squid proxy combo for them, so they can use normal Internet. In China, you quite often get connection resets while using Google.

    But yeh, my family have totally ignored Chinese government's censorship.

    The sad reality is that if I want to start a protest about the Internet censorship, I can't. Quite a lot of people believing that censoring information on porn, religous cult, and separatist movement is a good thing. The

    • It has successfully taken the concept of freedom out of most people's soul.

      The Americans have Hollywood and over 500 channels to do the very same thing. It really is torture with the soft pillows.

  • Glad to see a joint project between Chinese govt. and Baidu can be so successful. Maybe the US govt. and GM can get together.

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