Straight out of Google I/O, Google has announced a new service they are calling Music Beta. Much like the rumored service Apple is working on, or Amazon’s own Cloud Drive, Google’s Music Beta allows users to upload to the cloud up to 20,000 using software provided either for the Mac or Windows. Once in the […]
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Google Introduces ‘Music Beta’ Service

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Straight out of Google I/O, Google has announced a new service they are calling Music Beta. Much like the rumored service Apple is working on, or Amazon’s own Cloud Drive, Google’s Music Beta allows users to upload to the cloud up to 20,000 using software provided either for the Mac or Windows.

Once in the cloud, users can stream their content either from a web-interface, or a native Android app. The service will be free while in beta, and there is no word on how much it will cost once it is out of testing. Also like Amazon, Google did not get permission from the music labels to do this. Technically they don’t need to, if users are uploading their own purchased content anyway.

The biggest difference so far, is that Apple has signed on the music labels for their implementation of this idea, while Amazon and Google are relying on legal technicality to do theirs. Apple’s cloud-based music streaming service is expected to much the same as Cloud Drive or Music beta, and is rumored to be introduced sometime in the near future.

Additionally, the way I understand this, is that Google’s service will work with any internet-connected device, but the native app is Android only.

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