Google Music Leaves Beta, Music For Sale, Your Uploads Are Free
After 6 months of being in an “Invite only” beta, Google has just unveiled their Music service to the world. We’ve got to admit we were expecting a little more with this event, but it is what it is. Google has finally teamed up with Universal, EMI, Sony Music and 23 other independent music labels to finally allow you to purchase music from the Android Market. You’ll also be allowed to upload as many as 20,000 songs for free and have these streamed to your devices along with the music you purchase. It also brings improved services for music discovery where you can actually share a full song though Google+ with a friend to be previewed once.
Another cool feature that Google Music brings to the table is an Artist Hub where independent musicians can sell their music to Android customers without being sponsored by a record label. Artists get a 70% cut of what ever they sell, and the service will allow them to control how users preview their music, share it and purchase it.
The service will be rolled out today and will initially be offered only to US Customers, and T-Mobile subscribers will have the added bonus of being able to pay their music on their phone bill.
Is Google Music a changer? Sadly some of us believe it’s too little, too late. We expected to see Google drive some change in the current music models we already know from both iTunes and Amazon, but it seems like this product is only to try to catch up. The funniest part is that they weren’t nice enough to tell us what “These Go To Eleven” mean.