Android Market now features music; we go hands on

Not only has Google announced that Google Music is available for all in the US, they've put up the shiny new marketplace. It's nothing short of impressive, and is stocked to the brim with great music already. Pictured below is what you'll be greeted with when you visit the Android music market now.

It'll cost just $10.00 for the Florence album through the marketplace, and it features most of the current biggest music out there. 

As advertised, you can share straight from Google Music to Google+, and it even styles it in the same design as the web service. You can view and try our example post here.

Buying an album is simple, and requires you to be signed into the account you want to use with your other devices. Hitting "continue" will bill your default credit card (or, not if it's free) and add it straight to your library. You must have a credit card to get free songs, by the way.

The service uses Google Wallet to authenticate your purchases, and automatically adds it to your library online, as well as offering to let you download the MP3 after purchase.

Google's really pushing the free music component of the service hard, offering some large names such as Shakira and Pearl Jam for free from day one.

There's a bad side to every coin though, and that's still going to be content in this instance. In our brief travels on the marketplace, we found a bunch of albums incomplete. For example, Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay is listed with only three tracks as a "full album" for $4.99. We can't figure that one out.

In our brief look at the service we fell in love pretty quickly; it's better than using iTunes, that's for sure. But can it stand up in a industry that's already overcrowded? Only time will tell.

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tuneslover said,
Just like iTunes Store & Zune Marketplace!

Except with less songs, features, no free music videos, and Google selling what you buy to other companies...

Owen W said,

Sign up for it via proxy, it'll work anywhere

You can sign up with a proxy but even to get a free album you still need to add a US credit card. Same crap as iTunes Match.

protocol7 said,

You can sign up with a proxy but even to get a free album you still need to add a US credit card. Same crap as iTunes Match.

I don't have a US credit card, mine worked fine.

Owen W said,

I don't have a US credit card, mine worked fine.

Hmm. What happened when you picked a free song/album? The next step for me was to add a payment method. Did you put in a US address in your Google account?

If those are not stock pictures and from the looks of it there not then you may want to edit those photos to remove things like email addresses and the credit card info.....

Zippo7 said,
If those are not stock pictures and from the looks of it there not then you may want to edit those photos to remove things like email addresses and the credit card info.....

I'm not really bothered. CC is blanked for the most part

Owen W said,

I'm not really bothered. CC is blanked for the most part

That's what I was wondering, what's someone gonna do with the last 4 of a credit card? No expiration, no CID and no addresses?

Julius Caro said,
its not called android marketplace, and its not called google wallet.

nvm looks like they went ahead and changed checkout's name to wallet. damn these people!

"omg iz so ugly"
"dis will NEVER beat applz ecosystem"
"ugh iz from googlz, it will failz"
"gud only u needz androidz device to use this, iphone all the wayz blah blah"

That should get out of the way all the typical apple troll posts you usually find at non apple news.

Google Music looks pretty sweet. Like how you can play your music from any web browser although its US only : (

sam232 said,
"omg iz so ugly"
"dis will NEVER beat applz ecosystem"
"ugh iz from googlz, it will failz"
"gud only u needz androidz device to use this, iphone all the wayz blah blah"

That should get out of the way all the typical apple troll posts you usually find at non apple news.

Google Music looks pretty sweet. Like how you can play your music from any web browser although its US only : (


+1

sam232 said,
"omg iz so ugly"
"dis will NEVER beat applz ecosystem"
"ugh iz from googlz, it will failz"
"gud only u needz androidz device to use this, iphone all the wayz blah blah"

That should get out of the way all the typical apple troll posts you usually find at non apple news.

Google Music looks pretty sweet. Like how you can play your music from any web browser although its US only : (

So cool, it has about 1/4 of the features Zune has offered for over 5 years, although the play from the browser is only a couple of years old.

Google's we want to be Apple/Microsoft is rather sad these days. You would be better off with Spotify than this.