16 Nov 2011

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Google has now officially opened up their music (buying) service for business.  Since last May it had been in beta and allowed users to upload (and stream) up to 20,000 tracks at any bitrate (MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC), there was no ability to purchase, until now.  Google music will emphasize "discovering, purchasing, sharing and enjoying digital music in new, innovative and personalized ways", writes Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google.  Google music will sync to the cloud both purchased and uploaded music from your entire library and across all types of devices, while maintaining playlists.

They have added a new music store in Android Market, fully integrated with Google Music.  Google Music will ultimately offer 13 million tracks from the major record labels (8 million today):  Universal, Sony, EMI, and global independent rights agency Merlin, as well as others like 1,000 prominent independent labels. They will offer an "Artist Hub" where the artist without a record label can distribute and sell their own music.  There will be an interface for building the hub interface.  This feature, the Artist Hub, may become one of the most talked about new features out there.

A rundown of how using Google Music will work and video from Google after the break

So here how the service will work:  Go to the Google Music page, click on the Shop Link in the upper right.  Then you can purchase individual tracks usually 99 cents or $1.29 (typical elsewhere) or whole albums, usually around $10.  Once you select something, you log into the Market, then at this point you can share your new tunes on Google+ and decide who gets to see and listen to the music post.  Later on, the music will show up on your Android Device if you have one.  The Market app isn't allowing music purchases from the phones just yet, but soon enough.  Via a PC, you will use the Music Manager interface, as in the screenshot below, to manage and play your music (streaming too).  Once installed it asked you to define the location of your music.  It will even automatically detect the iTunes Library and upload those songs, including podcasts (see the other screenshots below as well).  As songs are uploaded, you can log into the web interface and stream music that is already uploaded from your PC, via Google Music.  Pretty fantastic and the sound quality is great.  There are very few iPhone apps that allow streaming your Google Music.. one is gMusic, the other GoMusic, both with sketchy performance.  gMusic will hit you for $1.99 and GoMusic $0.99.  UPDATE:  I personally tried out gMusic and i have to say it worked flawlessly for me so far, on 3G.  Quite possibly my days of streaming music from the home PC via ooTunes are nearing an end.


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Source:  Google


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