Thursday, November 17, 2011

Google Music StoreFront Launched!

Google has finally launched the previously rumoured Google Music storefront to the Android Market which has a new Music section that you can see here (at the moment looks like its US only). The Android market on android devices are slated for an update in the next few days which includes this new music section.

Besides that, Google has also updated their Music Beta app which you can find it here or if you're outside of the US, you can grab the app here via a mirror site. If you were previously using a leaked music beta app make sure you uninstall that one first before installing this one.

Here's the list of what Google is offering on the Music Storefront:

  • MP3 Store: Available on the Android Market as a new category starting today. The tracks are stored in the cloud as 320Kbps MP3 files - no DRM. You also get 90 second previews. Requires Android 2.2+. Universal, EMI, and Sony are all on board (Warner Music Group is not), along with many smaller independent labels. 8 million paid tracks are live at launch, but the number will soon be 13 million.
  • Free Cloud Storage: The original 20,000 song cap that was part of the Google Music beta will remain in place, and it will remain free. It does not appear this storage is expandable at present, but this wasn't really discussed.
  • Song Sharing / Recommendation: You can share a song or album with your friends once you've purchased it. They'll receive one free listen of the song or album you just purchased. Your G+ friends will see any songs you've purchased then recommended in the Market as part of your Friend Stream, where the full song or album will play back once for any of your friends.
  • Exclusive Tracks: Google Music will offer some tracks exclusively (like live tracks from The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Shakira, and Dave Matthews Band). Busta Rhymes will be debuting his new album on Google Music.
  • Artist Hub: Allows self-producing artists to submit their tracks to Google Music. You can create an artist page, upload music, and set your own retail prices. $25 to create your own artist page. Google's cut is 30% - flat rate.
  • T-Mobile Carrier Billing: This one is self-explanatory. T-Mobile customers will also get some exclusive free tracks.
  • US Only: Google has only signed distribution deals with major labels for the US market. There was no mention of any future availability of the service outside the United States.

Sounds good right? More news as we learn about it:

Source: Android Police

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