INTERNET SERVICES OUTFIT Google has opened its Google Music service and given its users the chance to share and play tunes while social networking at Google+.
The firm had limited it to a small set of beta testers until now, but Google opened it up to the public last night and released Google Music through its Android Market app store.
"Google Music helps you spend more time listening to your collection and less time managing it," said the company in a blog post as it explained how its music service is as good as or better than the alternatives.
"We automatically sync your entire music library-both purchases and uploads-across all your devices so you don't have to worry about cables, file transfers or running out of storage space. We'll keep your playlists intact, too, so your 'Chill' playlist is always your 'Chill' playlist, whether you're on your laptop, tablet or phone. You can even select the specific artists, albums and playlists you want to listen to when you're offline."
The service starts off in the US first and will be rolled out to other users later. Since we are not in the US we can only look at it wistfully and try to imagine how different from the Itunes experience it might be.
From peering through its windows we can tell you that the Google Music store has 13 million tracks from labels including UMG, Sony, EMI and independents like Warp and XL Recordings. Songs or albums can be downloaded, and you know how this works, and once you have them you can access them from anywhere.
Google is easing its toes into the social networking market, so fittingly Google Music has been through that department before its launch. This means that you can share a song that you have bought with your friends, but only once.
The company has some exclusives to tempt early users, including a five track album of live Coldplay songs that might appeal to some people. µ