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Google Announces Google Music Store: Storage Stays Free Up to 20,000 Songs, Sharing With Friends, Exclusive Content

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As expected, Google has announced their new Google Music store which includes partnerships with 3 of the 4 major record labels. You can access the store via the web today followed by the Android Market in the coming days. Another step towards turning our Android devices into complete media and entertainment vessels has been taken.

Through this new store you will find the following:

  • Cloud, web and mobile access: You can access your music from anywhere at any time. Purchases can be made through your mobile device or via the web. After purchasing, your music can go straight to the cloud if you like to make it available from your phone, PC, or other entertainment device.
  • Staying FREE:  The 20,000 beta limit that Google introduced a few months back is staying for good. If you want to use Google Music, you can store up to 20,000 songs for free without having to ever pay a fee. Obviously you’ll have to pay for the music you buy in their store, but your current library is all good.
  • Exclusive content:  At launch (meaning now), Google Music will have exclusive content from Coldplay, Busta Rhymes, Shakira, Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band.
  • Discover new artists:  Google will recommend music to you based upon your library. We won’t know how good of a job it will do until we start using it, but we like the idea of having new music presented to our plates on a regular basis.
  • Free music: There will be a constant stream of free music available on Google Music. Free songs of the day and other tracks from featured artists.
  • Sharing with Google+:  All of the music that you buy can be shared immediately with your friends on Google+. And we aren’t talking short clips, we are talking full tracks and albums. Pretty cool.

The store is open right now via the web, and we should see Android Market integration within the next few days. We will obviously need a new version of the market in order for that too happen, so keep it close as it will likely get pulled from some lucky chap’s phone.

Google Music Store.

Excited? Thoughts?

  • Anonymous

    phlpn.es/7x9vmd

  • Andy Christiansen

    where is the music on the mobile market? i don’t see it

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    nirl.eu/5

  • No Ka Oii

    Anyone have confirmation on how they detect illegal songs in your storage? I was part of the BETA and they basically just talked about the 3 strikes and you’re out rule (not sure if the 1st strike has them alerting anyone else or not).

    So do they fingerprint scan your songs, allow other companies to fingerprint ID your songs or just wait for someone to complain somehow about your illegal song?

  • Anonymous

    I’ll stick with Spotify.  $9.99 per month.  Even if I didn’t add a single song to my current Spotify playlists, at $1 per song on Google Music, it would take almost 5 years for Spotify not to make more sense.

    • Billy Jenkins

      Or just download all the songs you already have onto your music account. I downloaded over 3000 of my songs onto my account before the music store was even announced. it kinda makes more sense to download up to 20,000 of your own songs onto your google music account for free instead of paying $9.99 a month to probably do the same thing with spotify.

      • Anonymous

        The 500+ songs I was referring to in my Spotify playlists didn’t include the 1,400+ songs already own (which Spotify also syncs across all my devices). The songs in my Spotify account can’t be transferred, but it still makes a lot more sense to me to pay $9.99 for a months worth of unlimited listening, compared to $1.29 per song.

        • Billy Jenkins

          Well I guess that works for you if you want to pay for each song. It still makes more sense to me to use google music for free and just download up to 20,000 songs for free. especially when I can buy complete cd albums for less then $4 from a store near my house. Or even rent complete cds from the library for free and just copy them onto my google music account for free. Nothing beats free. especially not $9.99 a month.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, you’re right, stealing music is going to be cheaper than Spotify and Google Music.

  • Flip74k

    Im new to Google music. Would love to see a how to for the cloud and how to put my music there and play it

    • Billy Jenkins

      its easy. its actually so simple that posting a how to on the google music site would just be a waste of time and energy. even for a company as big as Google.

  • Anonymous

    nirl.eu/5

  • Anonymous

    I am very excited about this. I have a few friends that I convinced to get on board with android over the past year and they have all complained that there is not an easy way to get their itunes stuff onto their phone (i know apps have existed for a long time, but it is different to have a google branded service).  I also have avoided putting all my music on my OG droid & I’m thrilled w/ how easy it was to upload a few thousand songs to my google music library and have it sync to every phone just like my contacts and email and everything else.  

    • Anonymous

      Copy music from folder > paste onto your phone’s internal storage or sdcard.

      How much more simple can it get?

      • Billy Jenkins

        I dont think u understood exactly what he was talking about. I’m sure he didnt avoid putting music on his droid because he didn’t know how. I think he avoided puting music on his droid so he can save all the internal and external memory for apps and games. and thats a very good reason because once I got my google music invitation I deleted all my songs from my phone the next day

        • Anonymous

          My response was primarily aimed at his first point regarding itunes.  If you refuse to put your content on your phone just because itunes isn’t available for android than maybe you should stick with an iphone.  There are also plenty of cloud based apps available.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariafe.c.oneill Maria Fe Camaya O’Neill

    Google, bring this to Canada pronto!

  • Ace87

    Does anyone know if it converts your music to 320kbps? Engadget reported it did, but I can’t find it anywhere else.

    • Anonymous

      I know it streams in 320kbps, but as far as converting it from a lower bitrate, I’m not sure.

      • Anonymous

        It definitely converts FLAC to 320kbps mp3s, streams to the desktop at the highest quality available and there’s an option for that on the mobile app. But seriously converting a lower bitrate up? That does nothing for the quality of a file and I’d imagine that Google would see it as a waste to even think about doing that. 

        • Ace87

          Sorry if I wasn’t clear. I was talking about something similar to iTunes match. Basically you would upload your music and they would stream their clean 320kbps file to your phone instead of your original file.

          • Anonymous

            No problem. But yeah, Google Music is entirely YOUR music (and the free stuff offered on the store and Magnifier), whatever the quality of the file may be. The stuff you buy from the Android Market, that’s the only stuff that’s put into Google Music at a definite 320kbps. Everything else is dependent on you.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t believe a new market version will roll out, but they will simply enable something in the existing 3.3.11 that will show the Music tab.  The reason I say this, is when I first opened the market the other day after this update, I briefly had 4 tabs, one of which was Music.  It was gone in seconds though and has yet to reappear.

  • http://bit.ly/TylerHilliard Tyler Hilliard

    Disappointed by one thing: Music Manager to upload music.  It should be drag and drop to upload, like Google Photos  is, with the music manager as a supplement like Picasa.

    • Anonymous

      It kinda is. set it to a folder. Then every time you drag and drop music in the folder, it’s automatically uploaded, no questions asked.

      • http://bit.ly/TylerHilliard Tyler Hilliard

        True, although this also involves downloading the program (and dealing with opening it every time you want to use or dealing with it auto-opening every time the computer turns on when you don’t need it), dragging them, then deleting it out of the folder after waiting for it to upload so another copy isn’t wasting space in this folder (from my experience.

        • Andy Christiansen

          any song in your itunes is also automatically uploaded to the good music cloud. 

          • http://bit.ly/TylerHilliard Tyler Hilliard

            That is true if you set your iTunes folder as the upload folder, but if you have over 20,000 songs (my case) that might not be such a good idea.

  • vincent scala

    so far the leaked doc that has the nexus for a web only release on the 21st seems correct the razr was the right date and the rezound so lets hope for 3 out of 3 

    • Anonymous

      I still say “w/o” meant “week of”.  I have never seen Verizon refer to anything as web only, typically they say direct fulfillment or online/telesales.

  • Anonymous

    nirl.eu/5

  • GreenGarden

    first!

  • Matthew Morrison

    what if we want clean versions?

  • dkbetts

    One of my top ten favorite things about Google.

  • Chad

    Huge disappointment. The reason I buy music is because I can get it at a discounted rate on Amazon MP3. 3.99 or 5.00 an album. Google has changed nothing here. The ‘new’ music app still looks like it is in beta. The web interface is still super buggy. I love this service and have been using it a ton but I thought they were going to bring a lot of refinement with this announcement….

    • Anonymous

      Looks pretty good to me.  You can get Coldplay’s new album for $5.  I had very low expectations but I’m actually pretty impressed.  Not sure if it’s DRMed yet though, that would be a deal breaker.

      • Billy Jenkins

        if apple removed DRM from their songs I doubt Google will add DRM to their songs since no one likes it.

      • Chad

        We’ll see what Google does but Amazon has 100 different albums for 5 dollars each every month. Plus a daily deal album each day at 3.99 or less. And free songs as well… Google will have to step it up to compete.

        • Anonymous

          Definitely. Amazon has had the best prices around for many years now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    i like that you can listen to the whole song and not apreview!

  • Anonymous

    anyone know if the mp3s are DRM-free?

  • Confused2much

    Anyone know which is the major label that didn’t partner with google?

    • Randal

      Warner Music Group

      • Confused2much

        Thanks.

      • Anonymous

        Why?

  • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

    WTH! They didnt give the release date of the Gnex! Im mad bro!

    /s because I know there will 50 comments saying that

  • ToneZone

    320 kbps is purely amazing! That’s the biggest draw for me. Goodbye iTunes all together. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

      IDK itunes match is pretty cool. My low quality music can be streamed in high quality 258kbps (i know thats off). I wish this would of done that

  • vincent scala

    great now my music app looks like a g-nex on my crappy D3 oh joy 

  • Dan

    How do I update the music manager?

    • Anonymous

      It updates automatically. Nothing has to be done on your part. 

  • Lansdownunder

    No big game changers unfortunately. It won’t take off, I hope it does though

  • Anonymous

    Exclusive Pearl Jam content :D :D :D

    • k6tcher

      Was already a fan for Gmusic. This just made it a solid! Wonderful!

  • Sundar Ganapathy

    buggy as shit – awesome as hell.  it doesnt register that i purchased a free song and if i try again and go back tot he library i end up with two of the same songs.

  • Tsteege

    I’m glad you can download your music back to your PC if you purchased it.  Good news!

  • GNex

    Wait, people still pay for music? That’s fantastic!

    • Anonymous

      0.o

    • Billy Jenkins

      yea. because if people didn’t pay for music then there wouldn’t be any music for people to steal.

      • Anonymous

        Copyright infringement isn’t stealing. It’s copyright infringement. That’s why, when the RIAA sues you for a quintillion dollars, it’s for copyright infringement.

        Copyright infringement.

  • TROLOLOL

    No Galaxy Nexus release date news, huh? I am disappoint.

    • Billy Jenkins

      I heard that the GNex has been delayed until 2013 due to bugs. and in 2013 the GNex will be $800 off contract and $500 on contract. This has been caused by a few minor adjustments. The screen size has been decreased to 3.9 inches. It will have 1 ghz processor and 260 mb of ram. It will only be single core due to several bugs in the dual core version. It will have a 5 mp camera and a 2 mp front camera. That is the latest news and specs of the Gnex. Your welcome and I hope that solves any confusion you currently have.

  • Trooper

    Meh