Got an android? Need music??
At long last, the worst-kept secret in the music industry has been confirmed: Google has launched its music service.
On Tuesday at Google I/O, the company took the wraps off Google Music Beta. Currently, that site is invite-only, but users will be added to the platform soon. The product is “free for a limited time.”
The service will be available starting on Android devices and via the web.
Rumors of Google Music first fell on our eager ears in June 2010, at which time we learned Google was building a music service with an Android twist. And while building such software is clearly not a problem for Google’s high-functioning genius engineers, the company was still settling the terms of the deals with labels in September 2010 … and in November 2010 … and in December 2010 … and in April 2011. A less optimistic crew of journalists would have begun to doubt whether Google Music would, in fact, ever see the light of day.
However, we were seeing enough proof vis-a-vis Android screenshots that the product itself was launch-ready, even if labels were not. Google Music was spotted on a Gingerbread device earlier this year, when gadget geeks saw a “music sync” option on an Android device. Music streaming options appeared on another device not too long afterward.
Currently, here’s what we are being told about Google Music, which looks and feels exactly like an iTunes in the cloud:
It will run on all Android devices, including tablets and mobiles
You’ll be able to create custom playlists
You’ll be able to edit track info, get play counts, etc.
Music will be available when you’re offline, too
Users can upload and store songs to a cloud-based directory
Users can wirelessly and automatically sync playlists from the web to connected devices and vice versa