Update: The Music Market section is now online! (Connect). Access to music on the Android Market (on the device) will be rolled out over the next few days on the server side (there is no new market version to get the Music section). A new version of the Music app is also available, check it out here.
Update 2: Here’s the full video from the Google Music event in Los Angeles today (if the built-in timecode doesn’t work, skip to 29:30 for the start of the event):
Just a few minutes ago, Google announced the launch of the long-awaited Google Music storefront. What does Google Music offer?
- MP3 store: Available on the Android Market as a new category starting today. Tracks are stored in the cloud as 320Kbps MP3 files – no DRM. You also get 90 second song previews. Requires Android 2.2+. Universal, EMI and Sony are all on board (Warner Music Group is not), as well as many small independent labels. 8 million paid tracks are live at launch, but the number will soon be 13 million.
- Free cloud storage: The original limit of 20,000 songs that was part of the Google Music beta will remain in place and will remain free. It doesn’t appear that this storage is expandable at the moment, but that hasn’t really been discussed.
- Song Sharing / Recommendation: You can share a song or album with your friends once you purchase it through Google+ only. They will receive free listening to the song or album you just purchased. Your Google+ friends will see all the songs you bought and then recommended in the Marketplace as part of your Friend Stream, where the full song or album will play once for one of your friends.
- Exclusive slopes: Google Music will exclusively offer certain tracks (such as live tracks from the Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Shakira and Dave Matthews Band). Busta Rhymes will launch her new album on Google Music.
- Free song of the day: Fairly self-explanatory, like Amazon’s free app of the day, but with songs.
- Artist Center: Allows self-producing artists to submit their tracks to Google Music (link here). You can create an artist page, upload music, and set your own retail prices. $ 25 to create your own artist page. Google’s discount is 30% – flat rate.
- Billing by the T-Mobile operator: This one is self-explanatory. T-Mobile customers will also receive exclusive free tracks.
- Only U.S: Google has only signed distribution agreements with major record companies for the US market. There was no mention of future availability of the service outside of the United States.
Here’s a terrible screenshot of the Google Music store in the Market on Android (that’s all we have right now), along with the sharing feature:
And here is also a video on Artist Hub (here is a link to the Artist Hub):
We will update as we learn more.
They come in fun colors depending on where you buy them
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