Google has launched Google Music service at its Android event in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon, which will allow devices running its Android software to buy, store and stream MP3 files. Unfortunately Google is still limiting the Google Music service to within the US, but has kept the service free and still allows Android Users to sync up to 20,000 songs to the cloud. The new Google Music service is a full-fledged music store that will be integrated into the Android market. The service will be available for free and will let you store up to 20,000 songs at 320kbps quality MP3, with a 90 second preview. Most cost around $0.99c.
The app, which is available for any device from Android 2.2 and up, will allow you to stream your collection as well as “pin” music to the device, which will let you listen to it offline.
The store offers more than 13 million tracks from artists on Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, and the global independent rights agency Merlin as well as over 1,000 prominent independent labels including Merge Records, Warp Records, Matador Records, XL Recordings and Naxos. Google have also partnered with the world’s largest digital distributors of independent music including IODA, INgrooves, The Orchard and Believe Digital. The music service will also include a social feature that will let you send a track to a friend using Google +. Your friends can listen to the track once and then purchase it, if they like it.
Google also announced its Artist Hub store, which will allow independent users to sell their own music on the Android Market. T-Mobile customers will also now be able to pay for music from the Android Market right on their phone bill, just as they do with apps.