Google is still a fledgling entrant into music sales since debuting its store in November 2011, though it expects to benefit from the hundreds of millions of devices that use its Android operating system on mobile devices.
According to the NPD Group, Apple accounted for 64 percent of U.S. music sales online, followed by Amazon at 16 percent. Google has no more than 5 percent, according to NPD. Other services make up the rest.
Initially, Google sold songs at a discounted price, but now that it not the case. For example, it was selling the top-ranked Bruno Mars song “Locked Out of Heaven” for $1.29 on Wednesday, the same as iTunes, and above the 99 cents on Amazon. But its album price was lower at $10.49 versus $10.99 at both iTunes and Amazon.