At the Moscone Centre in San Francisco, during the Google I/O 2011 developers conference, Music Beta by Google was announced. Among other exciting things, this music streaming service was officially announced. Talk of the service had been all over the Internet from Monday with Wall Street Journal stating that this music service is similar to the service introduced by Amazon.com.
Music Beta by Google announced at Google I/O Developers Conference
Music Beta by Google is an online service that will enable users to store and rent music and movies over the Internet. This cloud based services allows users to store up to 20,000 of their own songs for free which can be streamed over the web to their Android handsets or tablets.
An interesting feature of this cloud service is Instant Mix, where by picking a single track, a playlist is made of 25 different tracks. Besides using Instant Mix, playlists can be created manually as well. Songs can be cached locally and users can pick songs, albums or playlists to store on the web.
The beta version of the music service has been launched in the US and is free for the time being. The updated music app is available now and will work with music on any phone using Android 2.2 or above. This service is however only available in the US, as of now.
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