Google Music Is Here: In The US (For Now)


Google Music is now available to the general public. With Google Music, you can upload your entire music collection (or at least 20,000 songs) to the cloud for free and stream it from anywhere.

Uploading your music will keep all your playlists and edits from your actual library intact. You can then choose which playlists, artists or albums you want to listen to when you’re offline.

The release came with the addition of a music store to the Android Market. The music store includes more than 13 million songs from artists on Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and global independent rights agency Merlin. It also includes music from over 1,000 indie labels including Merge Records, Warp Records, Matador Records, XL Recordings and Naxos. Google partnered with digital distributors of indie music including IODA, INgrooves, The Orchard and Believe Digital.

Just like how cloud music players work everywhere else, if you buy songs on your Android device or computer, they’ll be added to your Google Music library and be accessible from wherever.

If you’re listening to a song you really like and you want to share it, you can share it on your Google+ profile and friends will be given the chance to listen to a full-song preview once.

Something for the artists

Google Music comes with an artist hub that lets you build an artist page, upload your songs, set your price and sell your songs to listeners for a one-time fee of $25 as long as you have the rights to the songs. This sounds to me like a good catch with some minor glitches.

For now, Google Music is only available in the US at and the music store is going to be rolled out to Android Market for devices running on Android 2.2 and above. The music app is already available and you can start syncing your library to listen from anywhere.

Oh, and they have some exclusive music to bribe you to switch over. My personal favorites being the Busta Rhymes and Coldplay. Busta will be releasing his album exclusively via Google Music.

  • The Rolling Stones are offering an exclusive, never-before-released live concert album, Brussels Affair (Live, 1973), including a free single, “Dancing with Mr. D.” This is the first of six in an unreleased concert series that will be made available exclusively through Google Music over the coming months.
  • Coldplay fans will find some original music that’s not available anywhere else: a free, live recording of “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”, a five-track live EP from their recent concert in Madrid and a remix of “Paradise” by Tiësto.
  • Busta Rhymes’s first single from his upcoming album, Why Stop Now (feat. Chris Brown), is available for free.
  • Shakira’s live EP from her recent concert in Paris and her new studio single, “Je L’Aime à Mourir” are both being offered up free.
  • Pearl Jam are releasing a live album from their 9/11/11 concert in Toronto, free to Google Music users.
  • Dave Matthews Band are offering up free albums from two live concerts, including new material from Live On Lakeside.
  • Tiësto is offering up a new mix, “What Can We Do?” (feat. Anastacia), exclusively to Google Music users.

Faridah Demola-Seriki

Faridah Seriki has been interested in technology since she got her hands on a desktop when she was eight. She founded Technesstivity after releasing a successful blog she made for class combining her passion for both journalism and technology. Faridah graduated from Vivian Fowler in 2009 and lives in New York where she graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism

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