Google officially announced their music streaming and store service called Google Music. It was previously called Music Beta and was first announced last May at the annual Google I/O; where you can upload up to 20,000 songs so you can stream anywhere, as long as you are connected.
Google Music is of course an evolved and improved version of Music Beta, it’s not just upload and streaming your music, it also sharing and purchasing music online. Google Music will have more than 13 million tracks/songs from different music labels, independent labels and digital distributors. Google Music is also fully integrated with Android Market and Google+, so the purchasing and sharing part is a synch.
Google Music will also offer exclusive music from different Artists like The Rolling Stones, ColdPlay, Busta Rhyme, Shakira, Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band, when Google said it’s exclusive they mean that you can only get it on Google Music and it’ll be free.
And for budding artists, Google created Google Music artist hub:
With the Google Music artist hub, any artist who has all the necessary rights can distribute his or her own music on our platform, and use the artist hub interface to build an artist page, upload original tracks, set prices and sell content directly to fans—essentially becoming the manager of their own far-reaching music store.
Google Music is now open in the U.S. at market.android.com and will start the roll out the music store to Android Market on devices running Android 2.2 and above. Though there have been reports that even if you’re not in the US you can still use Google Music. Each tracks/songs in Google Music will have a price tag of 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29 and there will also be free music (I guess that will depend on the music track).
Last modified: November 17, 2011