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May 10, 2011

Google Music Streaming

Wall Street Journal reports that Google will unveil a music streaming service at the Google I/O developer conference.

"Users of the service are expected to be able to listen to songs they have uploaded to the service in a so-called streaming mode but won't be able to download the files themselves. That limit appears to be a bid by Google to hinder the service from being used to spread pirated music. (...) The service is unlikely to be tied to an online music store like Amazon MP3, which gives users the option of adding new songs to their music locker at the time they buy them."

If you go to http://music.google.com/music/, you'll get an error message: "We're sorry. Music Beta is currently only available in the United States," but you'll at least see Google Music's logo, borrowed from a new version of the Android music app.



Update: As Google's blog informs, "Music Beta by Google [is] a new service that lets you upload your personal music collection to the cloud for streaming to your computer and Android devices. With the new service, your music and playlists are automatically kept in sync, so if you create a new playlist on your phone, it's instantly available on your computer or tablet. You can use a feature called Instant Mix to create a playlist of songs that go well together. You can even listen to music when you're offline: we automatically store your most recently played music on your Android device and you can choose to make specific albums or playlists available when you're not connected. The service is launching in beta today to U.S. users and is available by invitation." While it's in beta, the new service is available for free. To upload your music, you can use a Windows/Mac application called Media Manager. There's also a new version of the Android music app that has a new interface and integrates with the Google Music service.


{ Thanks, Scott. }

20 comments:

  1. owh just for united states +_+

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  2. Once again Google sucks. I wanted to try Google Voice, but noooo, it's restricted to the US, and now Google Music comes out and once again, it's restricted to the US. Wake up Google, you're an international company and there are people outside of the US who would like to use your services.

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  3. Well, its available in India for quite some time now....

    the URL is http://www.google.co.in/music

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  4. mSpot music works internationally AND is iOS compatible...been using it for months on my HTC Evo AND my iPad. It works exactly the same, so I am sticking with mSpot.

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  5. Restriction only to US of Google Music service is a big disapointment... :((

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  6. @LoneDog

    It's not Google's fault--they're legally prohibited from launching certain services in non-US countries.

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  7. When I go there (from the US, logged into a Google account) I get a page inviting me to ask for an invitation to Music Beta.

    "Music Beta is a new service from Google that gives you instant access to your personal music collection without the hassle of wires or syncing. Add your music collection and listen on the web or any compatible Android device.
    Please request an invitation below and we'll email you at when it's ready."

    There's also a "Learn More" button pointing to:
    http://music.google.com/about/
    with pictures, feature descriptions, and a video link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrNhKcxBbZo

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  8. You can always use Exvo Music. A decent alternative

    http://store.exvo.com/apps/shops/exvo-com-widgets/items/music-515

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  9. A sad day for non US users. In fact there was nothing in the IO for non US customers to get excited about.

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  10. man google's racist.

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  11. Jesus, it was just announced, and beta at that. Settle down people.

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  12. Why should we settle down, Wave was announce beta and release world wide, most people I know got access in the UK with in a week, it should be the same for all services.


    Consumer need to keep there voices raise until we get these services in the UK and the rest of the world. Beta is not a excuse for that not to happen.

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  13. Maybe we should just just don't live in countries with shitty repressive laws and music industry ass-licking governments...
    It's available in the US and in India...
    PS : I'm from Europe and live there too...

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  14. Google music streaming is the best application in the world. I like all the products of the Google. Once again Google has introduced the new application of the music and it is the wonderful application.

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  15. mmm.. I am again little bit down with ma face. Coz I'm from India.. Can't access this :(

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  16. The UK "wine" is just as good as ever!

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  17. The youtube video of how it works is here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrNhKcxBbZo&feature=player_embedded
    The android app is here:
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.music#utm_source=en-music-lp&utm_medium=music-lp&utm_campaign=en&utm_content=ftxt

    The banner image is here:
    http://music.google.com/about/images/billboard.jpg

    Some extra screenshots here:

    http://music.google.com/about/images/body_2a.jpg

    http://music.google.com/about/images/body_1b.jpg

    http://gishvpn.appspot.com/music.google.com/about/images/body_1a.jpg

    http://music.google.com/about/images/body_2b.jpg

    request invitation link (Not working yet) here:
    http://music.google.com/#utm_source=en-music-lp&utm_medium=music-lp&utm_campaign=en&utm_content=cta_flag_b

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  18. I made an US VPN connction and signed up for the service, few days later I got the invitation. Now i can use from any explorer, but not in my Xoom, 'cause i cant update my Music app.

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