Google has been playing it’s game from some time now, from Android to the all new Google Music. Yes, the music service that was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, has now gone from beta to final. Google’s music service, simply called Google Music, is now live for everyone in the U.S and they can use it to upload their songs, purchase music and even share them with friends.
Apple has iTunes Match and Amazon has it’s own cloud player, and now Google Music is a direct competition to all these services. The service was made live at an Android event in Los Angeles today and is now available for everyone in the United States prior to the previous beta only/invitation based access that it had.
A quick look at the service shows you the different aspects of this new service, and even though it’s nothing new, it works. With Google Music, you can upload your favorite music to the cloud and then download it on to your mobile device, using the app. There is a limit, and is about 5000 songs lesser than that of iTunes Match, i.e, 20,000. But, then again, that’s a lot of songs to listen to and certainly you can’t keep so many on your mobile device.
You can download the uploaded or purchased tracks on to your mobile or tablet device for offline listening or you could just stream all your music. There’s a completely new Music store in the Android market, that allows you to purchase new songs or albums and even provides certain singles for free. Since this is a Google product, it’s automatically integrated with Google +, which means that you can share your purchased music with all your friends.
They can even stream the complete song from the social network, whereas you only get to preview 90 seconds of any song before purchasing it. This means that you can actually use Google + to listen to music. And, if you happen to have a band or are starting one, then you can even start your own page to sell your music for a one time fee of $25. The artists will get 70 percent of the price for each song sold.