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Five Reasons Google Music Launched Without Industry Support

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Google’s newest innovation launched without any deals finalized from record labels and word is that “People are pissed,” or so says one major label source to The Hollywood Reporter. Google Music (beta) is designed to let you store the entirety of your music library in cyberspace for access anywhere, anytime, from any device — without wires for transferring or even taking up any storage on the devices. Of course, you need to be jacked in to the interwebs at all times for such a spectacular service, although you can listen to your music offline too by preselecting which songs or albums you want keep stored on the device in question.

Here are five reasons the deals went south and Google launched this alone:

5. Piracy. What happens if P2P sites are allowed into the shared Utopia that is Google Music’s storage cloud? No one could agree, and THR reports that labels wanted to use their negotiations to finally pressure Google to drop pirate sites and services from search results.

4 Amazon. The online retail giant, recently launched it’s Cloud Drive, a competitor to Google Music. Google doesn’t want to give it too much time to succeed.

3. Android. Google’s music player app was ready for roll out and any further delay of Google Music was a delay in the success of this app in the marketplace.

2. Apple. The iTunes pusherman is has been working on cloud music service of their own, with fancy subscription model tied to major record labels. They are expected to unveil this in the next few months, so Google headed them off

1. Money. Obviously, you could probably lump all the rest of the reasons under this one too. But more specifically, record labels wanted advances upfront to play along, and though Google was willing to pay, label A wanted bigger bucks for their catalog. Then label B would find out about it and demand the same amount of cash. And then smaller independent labels wanted the same deal terms, and so on.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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