Google Music now public in the US, free daily music and Android music purchasing on offer

Google really has taken the music race to "eleven," with their announcement today unveiling a large amount of brand new things coming to the service, as well as announcing that it is available for all in the US.

Free song of the day is already live for those who use Google Music on the web, just by going to "Magnifier," the Google Music Blog. It's as simple as clicking "add free music" and it adds to your online library. Nice.

The Android market now includes a "music" tab, where you can purchase and listen to music from the marketplace. Each song is a 320kbps MP3, and the marketplace allows 90 second previews of songs. Sony Music Entertainment, Universal and EMI are all onboard, bringing a slew of great music with them.

On mobile, the service integrates deep Google+ functionality, and even allows you to share it on your Google+ page, and gives your friends one free listen to the track. 

The music applications for the desktop have been updated too, and Google says that they'll push these out in the next few hours. Additionally, the service will feature exclusive music ‚Äčthat isn't available elsewhere, from bands such as Coldplay, Busta Rhymes, Shakira, Peral Jam and Dave Matthews Band. 

Artists are able to own their own artists page, and customize it to their hearts desire. They'll allow artists to add their own content, too. Watch out Myspace. 

There's a one time sign up fee of $25 for artists (not bad!) and they'll be able to sell music directly to listeners, as well as get metrics and payments from the service. It'll be available over at music.google.com/artists -- however, the site doesn't exist right now. It even allows artists to set their own prices and doesn't require annual, reccuring fees. The revenue split is 70/30: 70% to artists and 30% to Google. Move over iTunes.

Exclusive music from Busta Rhymes just showed up on the Android Market.

T-mobile is a partner too, and they're going to let their customers purchase music using their phone bill in the very near future.

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This is very nice and this doe look like a killer for iTunes Match but there is still a lot of glitch for iOS users like scrolling stickiness or song stops playing half way. Hopefully Google will make a separate app for this to be able to listen to all of your songs uploaded on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. LOL! Also to let you know it has been almost a day long for uploading 4,000 songs on to Google music. Yeah Takes a while.

Julius Caro said,
I like the features, but it is kinda messy.

True, even though it went public it isn't fully out of Beta yet I can tell they still need to work on it to make it better to search for music we would like to buy from Google Music site or improve artist searching because I noticed when searching such artists like BT it is mixing up with another artist named BT and it is not showing any of BT (Electronic DJ) album.

I love Google products, I really do - I even pay for a number of them. That said, I'm getting sick of all these US only product releases. The US isn't the only country in the world, GOOGLE!!!

kraized said,
30/70 split to Google. Isn't iTunes 70/30 to Apple?

Maybe I read it wrong but it's 30% to Google i thought? Where did you see otherwise?

EDIT - oh yeah, i see - i think Owen had it backwards.

kraized said,
30/70 split to Google. Isn't iTunes 70/30 to Apple?

Yah he has it a little backwards looking in the article. On the page where artists sign up to create their own page it shows a pie with 30% to google and 70% to the artist.

csfeist said,

Yah he has it a little backwards looking in the article. On the page where artists sign up to create their own page it shows a pie with 30% to google and 70% to the artist.

Why copycat Apple ? Couldn't Google make it 75/25 ?

omgben said,
Wow! It's still free for up to 20,000 songs. If they release an iOS app, it could be game over for iTunes Match.

Open Mobile Safari, browse to music.google.com, login, "Add to Home Screen" and there you go.

I wouldn't be surprised if a native app is on the way.

Shadrack said,

Open Mobile Safari, browse to music.google.com, login, "Add to Home Screen" and there you go.

I wouldn't be surprised if a native app is on the way.

Eh, tried that. It cuts off after playing a few songs, so I have to unlock and resume it. Someone did make an app that works with Google Music, but it's still a bit buggy. It plays the songs out of order. If Apple let that onto the App Store, I don't see why they wouldn't let the official one on.

omgben said,

Eh, tried that. It cuts off after playing a few songs, so I have to unlock and resume it. Someone did make an app that works with Google Music, but it's still a bit buggy. It plays the songs out of order. If Apple let that onto the App Store, I don't see why they wouldn't let the official one on.

I don't see why Apple wouldn't allow a Google Music app either. I just don't think Google has made one yet is the issue.

If you run Google Music inside Safari it seems to work better. Surprisingly, it doesn't tie up Safari and you can listen to music while you surf the web (unlike other services that open the "quicktime" interface and stops playing if you click on "done" to browse the web). This works OK, but you can't seem to change tracks from the home screen and there is no feedback about what is playing right now . Yeah, we need a native app to really take advantage of the service.

Google Music will remain free. Sweet! It doesn't get better than that. Google Music + Spotify = I Don't Need No Stinkin' Zune

Zune you had your chance. Had you made an app for Android you might have had me. I hope keeping it exclusive to your products pays off Microsoft.

WhatWarning said,
Google Music will remain free. Sweet! It doesn't get better than that. Google Music + Spotify = I Don't Need No Stinkin' Zune

Zune you had your chance. Had you made an app for Android you might have had me. I hope keeping it exclusive to your products pays off Microsoft.

True. A Zune app would have been sweet!

*sigh* Another 'US only' thing from Google, its becoming the norm. Half these things that are coming some time to other countries never arrive.

Walrush said,
*sigh* Another 'US only' thing from Google, its becoming the norm. Half these things that are coming some time to other countries never arrive.

Yeah, was even hoping now that the Galaxy Nexus is coming out that they would atleast have europe in it as well.

But didn't even bother mentioning rest of the world at all

Very cool. I signed up for iTunes Match to upgrade all my 128-160kbps MP3s to 256kbps AAC files. Once I get them all converted over I'm going to upload them to Google Music. iTunes Match is nice, but I like how with Google Music I can bring up my entire music library on a friends computer and play tracks. Sweet.

Shadrack said,
Very cool. I signed up for iTunes Match to upgrade all my 128-160kbps MP3s to 256kbps AAC files. Once I get them all converted over I'm going to upload them to Google Music. iTunes Match is nice, but I like how with Google Music I can bring up my entire music library on a friends computer and play tracks. Sweet.

Google music manager convert your music to 320 by default and for free :-)

still1 said,

Google music manager convert your music to 320 by default and for free :-)

Really? Whats the point of uploading it then? I wouldn't imagine that it is just transcoded (that would be silly and pointless)... but I would think they would have emphasized this more.

Edit: It appears that you can only download "purchased music" from Google Music and that songs that are uploaded can not be re-downloaded (at least not in a direct supported way from what I can tell). So even if Google Music does do some sort of "matching" and selects 320kbps tracks that plays back to you, you can't download these tracks. If the Music Manager transcodes my 128kbps MP3 to a 320kbps <whatever> then I really don't see the point in that as it won't make the audio any better. I'll experiment with it. Make a 60kbps song that sounds like crap, upload it and see if it still sounds the same or not.

Shadrack said,

Really? Whats the point of uploading it then? I wouldn't imagine that it is just transcoded (that would be silly and pointless)... but I would think they would have emphasized this more.

Edit: It appears that you can only download "purchased music" from Google Music and that songs that are uploaded can not be re-downloaded (at least not in a direct supported way from what I can tell). So even if Google Music does do some sort of "matching" and selects 320kbps tracks that plays back to you, you can't download these tracks. If the Music Manager transcodes my 128kbps MP3 to a 320kbps <whatever> then I really don't see the point in that as it won't make the audio any better. I'll experiment with it. Make a 60kbps song that sounds like crap, upload it and see if it still sounds the same or not.


you cant download the music uploaded so conversion don't make any difference to the user and the reason why they do is to make the music files consistent... I dont think the conversion makes the music any better either. its gonna sound the same.

still1 said,

you cant download the music uploaded so conversion don't make any difference to the user and the reason why they do is to make the music files consistent... I dont think the conversion makes the music any better either. its gonna sound the same.

Ok. So in that regard we can agree that iTunes Match does have that 256kbps AAC upgrades to old music files as an edge... however I doubt I'll renew iTunes Match next year given what Google is offering with this.