Google Music Exits Beta, Available Across the Web
Nov 16, 2011, 5:16 PM by Eric M. Zeman
updated Nov 16, 2011, 5:51 PM
Google today announced that its limited beta Google Music service will now be available to everyone in the U.S. with no invitation needed. Google said that the service will be free for the time being and allows users to upload up to 20,000 songs and stream them back for free. No fees are required. At an event in Los Angeles, Google said that the beta has been very successful and will now be available from desktop browsers, a new Android application (version 2.2), and a handful of mobile browsers, such as Safari in iOS. It has new Music Manager software available for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers, which will help users upload and manage their albums, songs, artist, and playlists. Users can pin playlists/albums to the mobile Android app, making it available when the device is offline. The new Google Music service also integrates with the Android Market, where Android users and Google Music subscribers can browser through, but, and download millions of tracks (8 million starting today, 24 million in total over time). Google will curate the music application and music store, offer staff picks, suggestions, and tailro them to user interests. The Google Music Store features 90-second track previews and offers 320Kbps MP3 full-track downloads. It also works with Google+, and allows users to share music from the Google Music app (online and from Android) to their Google+ profile. Purchased music can be shared directly in the Google+ feed, where friends can play the entire track for free. Google Music offers one free song per day and has partnered with three of the four major record labels to build its library. Google is also working with artists (Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Busta Rhymes, Shakira) to offer exclusive content. T-Mobile is the official Google Music launch partner, and the only carrier to offer direct billing for track/album purchases. Customers on other carriers will need to use their credit card.
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