Thursday, November 17, 2011

Google adds music store to cloud service


By Wilson Rothman

Google rolled its cloud service out to the whole U.S. today, lifting the invitation requirement and dispelling any notion that there would be a fee. Users can upload up to 20,000 of their own songs, which they can access from Web browsers and Android apps. In addition, they integrated it to Android Market, so that you can buy new music as well.a

The service not only has a music recommendation program, like other music stores, but it also has Google+ integration for socialized music discovery. Every time you buy, you can share to Google+ right from the purchase confirmation screen. Shared music can be heard in its entirety by your friends for free.a

There will also be a free song every day, and not just by unknowns, but big names like David Bowie. There will also be some exclusive tracks, including live concerts from the Rolling Stones and Coldplay, and a new studio album from Bustah Rhymes. There are free concerts available from Shakira and Pearl Jam.a

Google / T-Mobilea

It's compatible with Android 2.2 and up, hitting phones and tablets of U.S. users in the coming days. The store launches on the Web today at, while Google Music's cloud service is based at

T-Mobile will partner with Google, allowing Android users to charge their on-phone music purchases to their phone bills. The carrier will also offer extra free content exclusively to subscribers "through the end of the year."a

As a Reuters piece from earlier Wednesday pointed out, there may be some challenges for Google Music, despite the above perks.a

More on Google Music:a

Google music download store may be 'unexciting' Cloud music to your ears from Google

Our walkthrough of Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player from May of this year:a

Two Internet giants now offer bring-your-own-tunes music services, which let you stream your own MP3s to PC, phones and tablets. How do they differ? And who else is joining the fray?a


Catch up with Wilson on Twitter at @wjrothman, or on Google+. And join our conversation on Facebook.a

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