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Google Launches 'Music Beta' Cloud Service


As expected, Google today announced its new Music Beta service, offering users the ability to upload their music libraries to Google's servers for cloud-based hosting that allows users to access content from any device. The offering competes against Amazon's Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services, as well as Apple's expected MobileMe revamp.

Music Beta is currently available via invitation to U.S. users and will allow users to upload up to 20,000 songs using software for Mac or Windows. The service then offers a web-based interface and initial app support for Android devices. The service is free while in beta, and Google has yet to announce pricing for when the service exits beta.

Like Amazon's cloud-based system, Google has yet to achieve the cooperation of major music labels, forcing the company to rely on a "passive" system in which users are responsible for uploading their own content. Google had been working to reach agreements with record labels to roll out a more robust service, but those talks had stalled with the two sides at an impasse. With Apple reportedly having its own service ready to go and finalizing deals with record labels, Google has apparently shifted gears to more quickly launch the scaled back service without label support.

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42 months ago
If you want it with you all the time then why don't you put it on your damn iPod?
Rating: 11 Votes
42 months ago
My whole life I have been an early adopted, on the cutting edge of tech.

Maybe I am now an old man, because I SIMPLY FAIL to see the point in either Amazon or Google's offering.

1. Streaming all media in an age of mobile data caps? Not cute.
2. 8GB, 16GB, 32GB etc. is a ton of space to house thousands of songs locally. No network connection required. Will it hold your entire music collection? Probably not. But you don't listen to your entire music collection all the live long day.
3. If you want access to your entire collection, stream from your own computer via AudioGalaxy or whatever other programs there are out there. AudioGalaxy works very well. Yes, your computer needs to be on. Big deal.

So to recap, use local. If you want to stream, stream from your own computer, but keep in mind your data caps.

Why does a third party need access to all of my files? F that. Google and Amazon are not game changers here. People are flipping out like they're doing something impressive. Keep in mind, I actually really like Google and Amazon :)
Rating: 9 Votes
42 months ago
Google has seriously raised the bar with the I/O keynote. Apple better have one massive show in store for WWDC.
Rating: 9 Votes
42 months ago

If nothing else, maybe this will finally force Apple to rewrite (or rethink) iTunes so that it stops sucking.


I love iTunes.
Rating: 8 Votes
42 months ago

It's BETA, and it's only FREE during the BETA period. We shall see...



When has Google charged for a consumer product? I'd be shocked if they charged for this when it went out of Beta.
Rating: 8 Votes
42 months ago
It will remain in BETA till someone else hits a home run, then Google will copy it or buy it if they can't copy it.
Rating: 8 Votes
42 months ago
Today feels like War on Apple day:

1) Microsoft buys Skype, poised to set up a Facetime competitor across Windows devices and Xbox.
2) Google announces a flurry of Android related developments that challenge iOS, iTunes, etc.
3) YouTube begins its assault on iTunes by announcing movie rentals.

If nothing else, maybe this will finally force Apple to rewrite (or rethink) iTunes so that it stops sucking. I'm also wondering how much longer Apple thinks it can sit out the TV market before it's too late. At the very least, it needs to sign up some partners to carry Apple TV as an OS. And that means it probably needs to have its own little "Ice Cream Sandwich" moment where it streamlines iOS across Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Lion.

Google wants Android to be compatible with literally every object that plugs into a socket. Apple should want the same.
Rating: 8 Votes
42 months ago

I guess I don't understand why anyone uses iTunes for more then a backup/sync service to their music and devices?


Because it's a great media manager maybe?
Rating: 7 Votes
42 months ago



Forever Beta.

What a surprise.

Sent from my final, complete, fully-realized iPad 2.


You're comparing a cloud service to hardware? If you want to compare Apple products to Google's "Music Beta" use "Ping", "MobileMe", and "iWork.com", which should also have "Beta" attached to them.
Rating: 7 Votes
42 months ago

Google has seriously raised the bar with the I/O keynote. Apple better have one massive show in store for WWDC.


I seriously fail to see where the bar was raised. They created a rather simple cloud based music service. Its nice and all, but we know Apple is coming out with one that will at least match the service in function, and possibly exceed it.

No bar has been raised. Maybe bumped a tiny bit. but to the naked eye no one can really tell the difference.
Rating: 7 Votes

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