Google Music is open with tunes from Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Coldplay and other artists on Universal, Sony and EMI. Users can share songs on Google+, too.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) launched Google
a product that evolved from a
storage locker to a streaming music service that lets consumers find,
purchase and share more than 13 million songs from record labels
Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, as well as more
1,000 independent labels.
The new play comes after the company launched Google Music Beta
last May to let consumers upload up to
20,000 songs formatted in iTunes or Windows to the search provider's cloud for
The new service, launched Nov. 16 to U.S. users, automatically
syncs users' entire music library across all of their devices from the cloud so
users don't have to worry about connecting cables to make uploads or downloads.
Consumers may purchase single songs, ranging from $0.99 to $1.29, or entire albums from their computer, Android smartphone
or tablet to instantly add them to their Google Music library.
As a bonus -- and as a way to boost user engagement in
its nascent social network -- Google is letting users share one full play of a
song they purchased free with their contacts on Google+. Search Engine Land explained how this sharing capability works in detail
The service pits Google versus streaming music services
such as Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iTunes Match, Amazon's Cloud Drive and Player,
and Facebook, which integrates with streaming music specialist Spotify.
Google Music is complemented by Google's
new music store
in the Android Market, where users can currently go to sample
free songs and test Google Music if they haven't already signed up for the
storage locker. Songs and albums from Dave Matthews Band, The Rolling Stones,
Coldplay and Pearl Jam are available.
Warner Music Group, whose artists include Led Zeppelin,
Green Day and Death Cab for Cuties, is not on board with this launch. Google
failed to come to terms with the company. However, Google has inked deals with
independent rights agency Merlin, along with indie labels such as Merge
Records, Warp Records and Matador Records.
There is also a Google Music artist hub allows any artist
who has all the proper distribution rights can build an artist page, upload
original tracks, set prices and sell content directly to fans. Artists who do
this will keep 70 percent of their track sales.
"This goes for new artists as well as established
independent artists, like Tiesto, who debuts a new single on Google
said Andy Rubin, Google's senior vice president of mobile
and the man
responsible for striking deals with the record labels.
Google Music is open in the U.S. here
will also soon roll out the music store to Android Market on devices running
Android 2.2 and above.
As a booster, T-Mobile is offering its customers using smartphones
and tablets running on Android 2.2 and above free Google Music tunes
each week from artisits Drake, Maroon 5, Busta Ryhmes, and