Search engine giant Google has hinted at a new online offering by registering a number of domain names related to music and clouds.

According to Techcrunch.com, the firm has obtained the rights to domain names GoogleBass.com, GoogleAlto.com, GoogleSoprano.com and GoogleTenor.com.

The registrations point toward some form of online music portal — potentially involving Internet downloads.

Meanwhile, the registrations of GoogleThunder.com and GoogleLightning.com suggest that the service could take advantage of cloud storage techniques.

Google and Android are reported to have been working on a new online music service for some time, and the newly acquired domains may have been purchased with this in mind.

Techcrunch.com explained that none of the addresses currently lead to a website, suggesting that Google may be keeping something ‘up its sleeve.’

Earlier this week, TomsGuide.com hypothesized that Google’s recent purchase of Canadian IT organization PushLife may also have been geared towards the forthcoming launch of an online music service.

Google purchases cloud and music-related domain names
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