Google Music Playing Live in U.S.

November 17, 2011
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This week Google officially unveiled its music product–Google Music. It is an online store and music-sharing platform for Android users. Users can store songs in its cloud storage for free, as well as  buy songs directly from the Android Market.

According to Jamie Rosenberg, director for digital content for Android, Google Music is an expansion of Google Music Beta which was introduced earlier this year.  “It’s about the cloud, about the web and about mobile,” Rosenberg said.

Google Music is now available to everyone in the U.S. on the Web and will be available to mobile users in the coming days.

This platfrom allows users to store and stream up to 20,000 songs in Google’s cloud storage for free. Google Music also allows users to share their songs easily to their friends.

Google Music is expected to launch 13 million tracks from several music labels.  Eight million of these tracks are already available. Major music labels that have partnered with Google include Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, and some indie labels like Merlin.

There is also exclusive content, such as unreleased records of Rolling Stones, as well as some original content from Coldplay and Busta Rhymes. The price of albums in the Google Music store ranges from US$8 to US$12.

Google Music also features an Artist Hub for emerging artists where musicians can upload and sell their tracks. The artists keep 70 percent of the revenues and are not charged annual upload fees.

With this expansion, Google will definitely take away some market share from Amazon and Apple.  Do you think Amazon and Apple should be worried about Google Music?

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