If you have yet to frequent the Music section in the Android Market, now would probably be a good time to start. A “blowout sale” is underway that will get you into a half a million different albums for $5 each or 10 million different tracks for just 49 cents. Not a bad way for Google to push this new venture.
Android Market Hosting Music Blowout Sale: Half a Million Albums for $4.99, Over 10 Million Tracks for 49 Cents
Cyber Monday is almost over, but you still have time to grab some great albums from the Android Music Market for just two bucks. You will be able to steal Drake’s new album, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, and many many more for this extremely low price.
Go grab some albums and support the music!
The Google TV team wasn’t about to let their newly released Honeycomb build for Sony GTV units miss out on all of the Google Music action from yesterday. An official Music app is now available in the Android Market for TVs, rounding out the access to your music collection. If you were looking forward to having Google Music become a part of your home theater system and HD TV, the time has come.
The app itself is just like the version that you all have on your phones now, but matches up more closely to the visual style of Honeycomb. Once you attach your Gmail account to it, you can cruise through all of your albums, jump into playlists, search for favorite artists, “thumbs up” songs, and more.
You could probably replicate what Ice Cream Sandwich would look like on a tablet through the emulator, but we wanted to show you these new screenshots that showed up in the market listing for the new Google Music app anyway. We know that Android 4.0 was built to run on both tablets and phones, and this is one of the first looks at that happening. As you can tell, the music app looks beautiful on a bigger screen with that new ICS color scheme. There is no telling what this tablet is, but you can clearly see the new ICS Back/Home/Recent Apps icons in the bottom left corner and the new setup in the notification area.
Nothing crazy, just wanted to share.
On a related note though, would love to hear your predictions on what the first Android 4.0 tablet will be? Are we all expecting it to be the Asus Transformer Prime shortly after launch or could something else sneak in and crash that party?
Want Access to the New Google Music Store on Your Android Device Early? Just Enter Through the Google+ App
Since Google Music and its Google+ sharing feature went live, I took to my page to start spamming off full tracks for many of you to listen to. But then I got to wondering if all of this new music goodness was available in the actual G+ Android app. Turns out that it is. You can stream tracks from inside the app and see the notification of it happening in your pull-down bar. It works really well.
What’s even better though, is that you can access the full music store on your Android device in the market before you have been activated by Google. It appears as if the current 3.3.11 market is set up for the new music store, but we all need to be given the go by Google in order to see it. If you don’t feel like waiting, find one of my shares on G+, click the “Buy” link and cruise into the music store that way. From there, you can preview tracks, purchase them, and even share them into the G+ app.
The only problem is, that if you click the “Back” button for the market, you will be stuck without music access. So what you need to do is navigate down at the bottom of each listing by Albums, Similar Artists, etc.
It’s a minor work-around that should get you feeling out the music section of the Android market ahead of time.
Google has gone ahead and pushed out the updated Google Music application to the Android Market. The service is now out of beta mode and is ready for the masses to use and share. Google has kept the service as free and offers individuals the ability to upload and store up to 20,000 songs on to Google’s secure servers. Thanks, Google. Be sure to go grab it while it is fresh out of the oven.
What’s in this version:
1. Google Music is now out of beta and is open to all users without an invitation. Upload up to 20,000 songs from your personal music collection to Google Music and listen instantly on all your devices.
2. Seamless integration with the Android Market music store. All your purchases automatically appear in the Google Music app.
Google Announces Google Music Store: Storage Stays Free Up to 20,000 Songs, Sharing With Friends, Exclusive Content
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.
At 2PM today, Google is expected to announce their music store that is rumored to include partnerships with 3 of the big 4 music labels. We saw leaked screenshots of how the store will look on Android at the beginning of the week, so for the moment, we have a pretty good idea as to what we can expect. We can’t forget that Google tends to have at least a couple tricks up their sleeves whenever they announce something new like this though. With T-Mobile splashed all over the event invite, should we expect an exclusive partnership there or something as simple as carrier billing for purchases? We’ll know shortly!
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