Google Music exits Beta with new Store, Player, and Google+ integration
Google has officially launched Google Music today during an Android event in Los Angeles. The Google Music service originally launched at Google I/O back in May of this year as Google Music Beta, but now launches as a complete suite of music services, including a Music Store.
Google announced its music and movie-rental services during its annual I/O conference back in May of this year. Google’s music service involves an application called Google Music which will allow users to upload their music to Google’s servers, similar to Amazon.com’s recently launched Cloud Drive and Apple’s iTunes Match. Users can also migrate their playlists and data from their iTunes account. The best part is that this music player will allow the user to access their music from a Web browser and their Android powered devices. Users can add up to 20,000 songs for free.
“Other music services think you have to pay to listen to music you already own. We don’t,” Google stated during the event today.
Google Music is the company’s attempt to rival Apple’s iTunes and Amazon in the music store and cloud music storage arena. Google Music lets users store their purchases and upload other files to the cloud, just like the recently-launched iTunes Match and Amazon’s Cloud Player.
“Android Market works hand-in-hand with Google Music to bring you a seamless and rich music discovery experience. On Android Market, we’ll feature new tracks each day from today’s hottest artists as well as classic favorites, all for free. These songs are yours to keep… simply click to add them to your Google Music library, where you can instantly listen on any web browser or your mobile device. You can even share a free full play with your friends on Google+,” the Android Market website explains.
Check it out here: market.android.com. Google Music Store Android app will be released in the next few days.
What do you guys think about this service? Do you find it better than Spotify, iTunes Match, or Amazon Cloud Player? Let us know in the comments below.Further reading: Google, Google Music