Shortly after Google's announcement of One Pass, its competitor to Apple's App Store subscription service, the company seems close to competing with Apple on another front - music sales.

As The Guardian reports, recent comments by Motrola CEO Sanjay Jha suggest that Google may be close of launching its answer to Apple's iTunes music service. Jha's comments, which came during an address at this year's Mobile World Congress, link the Google music service to the launch of the upcoming Android upgrade Honeycomb.  

If you look at Google Mobile services [via Android] today, there's a video service, there's a music service - that is, there will be a music service he said.

Motorola's Xoom is set to be one of the first tablets running the newest version of Android - though the device's release date has not yet been announced.

Rumors of a Google music service aren't exactly new, but Jha's comments do give the service a narrower release window.

Google did not return calls for comment.  

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