As announced earlier this year, Google officially retired the Hangouts API. As Hangouts is repositioned for enterprise use, the need for some of the social, consumer focused video features of the API are no longer a priority. Accordingly, the end of the API was first announced and now realized.
Launching a new streaming music service in 2014 is not for the faint of heart. Companies like Spotify and Pandora have significant market share, Apple entered the space in 2013 with the launch of iRadio, and electronics giant Samsung wants in on the action, too.