Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Google Announces 'Music Beta' | Streaming Cloud Music

Tuesday morning at Google's I/O Conference in San Francisco, 'Music Beta by Google' was finally unveiled. The cloud service will act as a “digital locker,” where users can store their music in the cloud instead of on their local hard drives or mobile devices.

Users will upload their existing music library to one of Google's remote servers and then be able to stream music to an Android device or web-connected PC. As long as you’re connected to the internet, you’ll be able to access your music wherever you go.

True to Google’s beta release form, the service is currently invite-only, with priority given to those attending Google I/O as well as those who own Motorola’s Xoom tablet. Registration can be found at http://music.google.com/

Google’s failure to come to an agreement with the labels results in limitations to its service. The most prevalent one: the inability to purchase music.

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