The tech giant Google has released its much-anticipated digital music store service Wednesday. The Google Music Store Service has entered into the battle with Apple iTunes and Amazon in the music store and cloud music storage space. Google Music Store has a plan to allow sharing of purchased songs over its social network; Google Plus, where friends will be able to listen one another’s songs once for free. The purchased song can be downloaded and automatically uploaded for free into an online locker. With the Google Music Store, Google is opening its music service widely. Google released the service as an unfinished beta in May to about a million people in the U.S.
The Google Music Store service is offering 13 million tracks for sale, from three of the four major recording companies such as’ Vivendi SA’s Universal Music, EMI Group Ltd. and Sony Music Entertainment. But the major recording company, Warner Music Group left out. Artists whose work is available right away include Adele, Jay-Z and Pearl Jam.
In Google Music Store song can be streamed over computer and mobile phone browsers, including the Safari browser that’s also comes on Apple iPad. Android v2.2 Froyo or higher devices can stream stored songs or download them for offline playback within the app.
The big news is, the Google Music service finally has a store. For the first time, Google is going to sell songs over its online store, Android Market. The Google Music Store service will be available in the next few days to customers in the U.S. The Android Market will offer some songs for free, while others are priced at 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29 (same prices as on Apple’s iTunes). The Google Music Store will offer dozens of free tracks from artists such as; Coldplay, Rolling Stones and Busta Rhymes.
An analyst at industry research firm Gartner “Mike McGuire” said that, “They’ve got to get that catalogue filled pretty quickly. It’s a launch, but it’s kind of like a work-in-progress.”
BGC Partners analyst “Colin Gillis” said that, “And with music storage increasingly moving to remote Internet servers in “the cloud” rather than on the device itself, companies like Google and Apple have a way to keep users locked in to their respective mobile services. Everyone is using music and media as a jail. Ultimately, this stuff is going to be stored in the cloud and it becomes harder and harder to switch systems”.
Google’s director of content partnerships for Android “Zahavah Levine” said that, “Recommendations from friends are the single most important way that people discover music and we think that this feature has the potential to really transform purchasing behavior”.