Google Music Beta website goes live in the US [Update]

The website for Google Music Beta has gone live. According to the website, you’ll be able to listen to any music you upload to the anticipated cloud service offline, and it tracks what you’ve listened to recently to make it automatically available offline. You will also be able to easily select which songs/artists/playlists that you want to make available offline.

The website takes on Apple’s lack of will to create a cloud music server by promising support for iTunes libraries on the cloud. There will be folder sync, allowing for automatic upload when music is placed in synced folders. Ironically, the video on the website features an OS X UI for uploading music from your computer.

Google Music was announced at last year’s Google I/O and many users have been patiently awaiting further announcement about the service. After Amazon launched a similar service recently, Google had to step up its game, and release something, even if it doesn’t come with a fully functional Music. This will have to wait on agreements with studios and labels, and will take much longer than just getting the app up and running.

Update: According to the keynote announcement at Google I/O, the service allows for 20,000 songs per account, and it will be free as long as it is in beta. That's a pretty huge qualifier, and marks one of the only times Google would charge for a service that isn't enterprise business oriented. An actual price wasn't announced, but the implication is rather obvious.

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I must be missing something, because I really don't see the point.

1. Why would I want to use valuable mobile internet quotas just to listen to music?
2. If I understand correctly, you have to sit there and upload your whole collection in the first place?
3. Wouldn't maintaining a constant 3G connection be a major drain on battery life (something which Android devices are not exactly great at maintaining)?

The only scenario where I can see this being useful is if you firstly have unlimited mobile internet data, and you need/want to sync a massive music collection across multiple devices.

Indeed. Can't see this taking off to be honest. I don't think people have THAT many devices that trying to co-ordinate sync of music on them is THAT much of a pain in the ass.

Although this kinda cool, as many have pointed out, it's been done already with Grooveshark. I'll give it a shot though.

i scrolled down the page.. it looks like it has the exact same UI as Grooveshark... who needs that? Grooveshark is already free and it has so much music.... im passing on this lame google copy of Grooveshark

why not some one save all their songs in their device. Most of the MP3 players are so cheap these days with huge space.

Might only be free while in beta but I expect there will still be a fairly handsome free version for everyone to use when it's launched properly. It's easy to be cynical about these things but I think Google has proven not to be too stingy when it comes to hosted services.

Free while in beta? Bait and switch. Tbh not only Google doing this, but it is annoying.
That said, I tried the Google Music app and it's irkinly slow on the Desire. Which is odd considering the leak of it which actually synced to my uk-based account was as fast as any other app. These animations they have included are not ideal.

Nice idea in theory but we don't live in a country where this traffic would be free.. and the streaming through out crap mobile network would make it a horrible experience

In the perfect world where there are unlimited mobile data plans, good mobile data coverage and a company that isn't going to delete half of your collection because it can't be verified as a legitimately owned album/track... it would be great

kowcop said,
Nice idea in theory but we don't live in a country where this traffic would be free.. and the streaming through out crap mobile network would make it a horrible experience

In the perfect world where there are unlimited mobile data plans, good mobile data coverage and a company that isn't going to delete half of your collection because it can't be verified as a legitimately owned album/track... it would be great


Add infinite battery. I'd much rather play from my iPhone flash storage than from the cloud which hogs your battery big time.

GS:mac

WARNING: everyone needs to read this!! This might be the nail in the coffin for many people wanting to use this.

http://gizmodo.com/5800490/goo...-it-infringes-on-copyrights

Word from Google IO is that Google Music will delete user MP3s, if the copyright holder has a legitimate claim against their music being on the server. And it will use the same backend tech to do so as YouTube.

During the Q&A session at Google IO, Android execs revealed this bit when asked about the business model for Google Music.

For end users, this means that album/song leaks and pirated music will not be tolerated. And though it seems like it will be difficult to distinguish what's pirated and what's not, Google will probably use that same analysis tech they use for playlists to verify you have the right to upload that track to Google Music (spectral analysis and/or watermarks could expose rips from different sources). And that means if you've happened to download a leak or any unauthorized rip from the internet, then uploaded it to Google Music, it could be taken down.

And not that Google is wrong for doing so, but that will kill the appeal of Google Music for some people out there.

This is great and all, but do people realise the toll this takes on a phone's battery streaming music even for a few hours. You need 4g connections to get this down to just seconds per album, but local storage is still much better.

I sorta like this but with a combo of some Pandora type stuff i can see this as a #win! Generally i have all my music i like anyways with me but it's nice to have a storage area to back up my music too

If we sign up for it for free while in Beta, will we have to pay for it once it sees a final release?

briangw said,
Due to licensing constraints we do not provide access to listeners located outside Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. We are deeply sorry.

I'm lucky to be in that list. Google shows We're sorry. Music Beta is currently only available in the United States. Hardly it will work in Russia in next 10 years just like many other Google services.

It'll be interesting to try this out. Amazon may have been right to release their Cloud Player ahead of Google I/O. Time will tell.

"The songs you've recently played will automatically be available offline. You can also select the specific albums, artists and playlists you want to have available when you're not connected."

Quoted from website.
How can it be available to play offline if it is a cloud service? And, seeing as you have to upload the music 1st, you already have it available offline.

metallithrax said,
"The songs you've recently played will automatically be available offline. You can also select the specific albums, artists and playlists you want to have available when you're not connected."

Quoted from website.
How can it be available to play offline if it is a cloud service? And, seeing as you have to upload the music 1st, you already have it available offline.

It must retain x number of songs on the sd card. The video also mentions that you can sync whatever albums/songs you like to always be available offline.

Grrr... When can we expect it in Europe?
It's the only music service, so far, I'm willing to give a true chance.

Just going to add to the "Sorry. Music Beta is currently only available in the United States" bandwagon.
Is there any chance of reports on this by users that are in the US and has used the Beta?
Would be interested to see how this competes against Spotify (for example)

JTaylor69 said,
Would be interested to see how this competes against Spotify (for example)

It's not a competitor at all - this requires you to upload music you own to the "cloud" to then stream them to your devices. Spotify already has an enormous collection in their service, so you can just search for a track and play it without having to buy and upload it.

iKenndac said,

It's not a competitor at all - this requires you to upload music you own to the "cloud" to then stream them to your devices. Spotify already has an enormous collection in their service, so you can just search for a track and play it without having to buy and upload it.

Ah, I didn't look in to it enough then, thanks for clearing that up

Azies said,
Requested an invite, man it's good to be American.

You mean, it's good to live in America. I'm an American, but since I don't live there, I can't sign up.

We're sorry. Music Beta is currently only available in the United States.
That's why I have them so much, someone send me an invite please.

SubZenit said,
We're sorry. Music Beta is currently only available in the United States.
That's why I have them so much, someone send me an invite please.

No one can send you invitation. If you are in US login using google account to google music site and you invite yourself for the service.

SubZenit said,
We're sorry. Music Beta is currently only available in the United States.
That's why I have them so much, someone send me an invite please.

when's it coming to bulgaria?

Shaun. said,
/sigh.

We're sorry. Music Beta is currently only available in the United States

That's one thing I hate about Google. They release everything in drips and drabs. They also set themselves up for problems and delays. Why not have the music service launch today? The invite system seems to be nothing more than an excuse to stall. As for the country restriction, I see no excuse for it being us only. They don't have to deal with labels as it is simply streaming your own songs so why the restriction? This is one thing Apple get right time and time again.

Hollow.Droid said,

That's one thing I hate about Google. They release everything in drips and drabs. They also set themselves up for problems and delays. Why not have the music service launch today? The invite system seems to be nothing more than an excuse to stall. As for the country restriction, I see no excuse for it being us only. They don't have to deal with labels as it is simply streaming your own songs so why the restriction? This is one thing Apple get right time and time again.

Maybe not labels, but what about the various politics between countries when it comes to using the cloud and privacy, etc. (not defending Google, but just thinking out loud as I do not know what restrictions are between various countries). China comes to mind as obviously being asinine towards Google. Given that Google is a US business, maybe they are being told not to release it to other countries right away.

Hollow.Droid said,

That's one thing I hate about Google. They release everything in drips and drabs. They also set themselves up for problems and delays. Why not have the music service launch today? The invite system seems to be nothing more than an excuse to stall. As for the country restriction, I see no excuse for it being us only. They don't have to deal with labels as it is simply streaming your own songs so why the restriction? This is one thing Apple get right time and time again.

I always find it so funny that people who whine about US-only services somehow are convinced they know exactly why it's a US-only service, and that it's obviously just a big conspiracy, that no logical reason exists for it being US-only.

LiquidSolstice said,

I always find it so funny that people who whine about US-only services somehow are convinced they know exactly why it's a US-only service, and that it's obviously just a big conspiracy, that no logical reason exists for it being US-only.

Yeah, I mean with Google being a US company and all it makes sense they test their services in their home region first, yet people fail to remember that .