Google Expands Its Empire Into The Music World

Google gets ready to piss Apple off (some more) and takes on iTunes. Oh, and Amazon too.

Google actually launched its music service last November, but it hasn’t really taken off. In fact, since major label Warner Music was holding out, the whole thing was hampered by a lack of good music.

That has now changed, since Warner Music has finally agreed to start adding their catalogue of songs to the library of downloadables from Google Play.

However, it’s not iTunes that Google needs to worry about bringing down, but the Amazon Cloud Player service, which has up till now been the music-streaming app of choice for Android users, since iTunes is not available with Android. The release of the new Google Play services comes with the release of the latest Nexus devices running Android, so they’re going to need to pinch users away from apps they’re already using on their Android system.

The updates to Google Play also increases the world-wide reach of the new music service. From the Google blog:

On November 13, we’re bringing music on Google Play to Europe.  Those of you in the U.K, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to purchase music from the Google Play store and add up to 20,000 songs—for free—from your existing collection to the cloud for streaming to your Android devices or web browser. We’re also launching our new matching feature to streamline the process of uploading your personal music to Google Play. We’ll scan your music collection and any song we match against the Google Play catalog will be automatically added to your online library without needing to upload it, saving you time. This will be available in Europe at launch on November 13 and is coming to the U.S. soon after. This will all be for free—free storage of your music, free matching, free syncing across your devices and free listening.

What do the Android users out there think? Do you use Amazon Cloud Player, or some other music app? Do you think you’ll start using the Google Play service instead or alongside whatever app you already use?

[Via Mashable]

11 Responses to Google Expands Its Empire Into The Music World

  1. Neither Amazon and Google Play Music are officially supported in Canada (though I've managed to get Google Music working for me). I personally tend to use streaming service Rdio most and will likely switch to Spotify once that hits Canada.

  2. I live in Sweden, and I've been using Spotify since like forever it feels like. (4 years approx). Don't feel like switching any time soon, as Spotify usually has everything I want.

  3. I buy music to download and play locally, and at first, I was using Amazon's service until I saw their bitrate claims aren't what they say they are.

    Amazon claims their MP3's are 256kbs VBR, but the variable bit rate leaves the songs anywhere from 256kbs, all the way down to, in some cases, 160kbs! When I called them out on it, they claimed it was due to the VBR process. I didn't believe it then, and I don't believe it now.

    Google's music is 320kbs, and I've yet to find a track I purchased there that wasn't as advertised. That's why Google Play is my service of choice these days.

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  4. I don't stream music to my phone very often. I'm still old-school and primarily use a stand-alone MP3 player, that way I don't run my phone's battery and data limit down by listening to tunes (also, my MP3 player has a much better battery life than my phone). I also have a few key songs stored on my phone so I can listen to them even if I don't have a good data connection and don't have my MP3 player. However, I do have my entire music collection stored on Google Play Music (I have a relatively small collection and am nowhere close to the 20,000 song storage limit, but I have too many songs to fit on Amazon's service). The only songs I have on the Amazon Cloud Player service are the songs that I purchased through Amazon MP3 store (about 400 songs).

    I do purchase songs from wherever I feel like purchasing them from, primarily Google, Amazon, and Rhapsody (and yes, I still buy some music on CD). I also get a lot of songs through Jamendo. The only major digital music store I don't buy through is Apple's.

  5. We don't have either in Australia, so either would be great. I'd prefer Google's offering, but beggars can't be chooser.

  6. I use Google Music for both a player and purchaces but also buy music from Amazon to fill any gaps I find but for the most part I find Google Music and the Play Store have most everything I need.

  7. I only play music that I have on the phone’s SD card, I don’t really see much point in a cloud service when cheap and even free phones are coming with 8/16/32gb of storage or more. The app is what bugs me the most, especially coming off of the original Music app that Google had on the Droid – Which had a much better interface and accessibility, even if the options were a bit limited.

    I’m going to be getting a new Android phone soon, and I’m going to be stuck with the ugly new Google Play Music app, or whatever they call it. Hurray for re-learning basics!

  8. I've never used Amazon so I can't comment on that. I started off using iTunes like most people but I moved over to use Google. I still use the iTunes app on my home computer to keep all my music organized then the Google Music Manager just uploads newly added songs to my Google account thus I'm able to play any of my music from anywhere.

    As for buying music, I use Google Music as well. ALL the albums I have bought are always cheaper than iTunes. Big plus for a lot of people today.

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