Google Music has allowed users to upload as many as 20,000 songs since it launched last year, but those tracks were stuck in the cloud. Only purchased songs could easily be downloaded to a local PC. Well, today that has changed, and U.S. users of Google Music are now able to pull down their entire cloud-synced music library of uploaded and purchased tracks.
From records and 8-tracks to MP3s and Walkmen, technology changes the way in which we absorb our music. At this point, few people have memories of hauling suitcases full of cassette tapes (or even CDs) around with them on vacation as kids, and in a few more years perhaps even the ever-ubiquitous iPod will be just a memory of the past, removed from it's throne by a software that streams music to you directly in your head.
Until then, we have to make do with the technology that we have - and increasingly music fans are incorporating cloud-based, streaming services into their repetoire. From long-standing services like Rhapsody, to just-released softwares like Spotify, there are a slew of streaming music services to choose from. So, which one will work best for you? Read on for the highlights of twelve of the top options and be sure to let us know what your favorite is in the comments!
iTunes killer. We're not saying Google is or is not an iTunes killer, but now that the sultan of search has removed the beta label from its Google Music platform and opened its disco doors to the public, we wanted to throw those two words out there so you can get used to seeing them. Google Music is officially open for business and you can bet there will be lots of comparisons to iTunes. So, were the rumors and speculation right on the money?
After cautiously watching Apple to see how this whole "downloading music" thing panned out, Google will unveil its online music store this afternoon. Will it become your new favorite place to grab songs? Maybe!
You may be thinking that Google Music launched months ago, but you’d be wrong. This whole time it’s been another of Google’s famous betas. Well, now it seems a sure thing that the search giant is about to launch the service for real, and music purchases could be part of the deal. An event called “These Go To Eleven” is slated for November 16th.
Google’s Android lead, Andy Rubin said at AsiaD recently that Google was very close to rolling out music purchases, but he added there would be a “twist.” What could that be? Well, Business Insider claims to have the skinny, and it’s actually rather useful. According to a source, Google’s music service will let user share a purchased song with a friend for some indeterminate period of time.
There hasn’t been a lot to report regarding Google’s cloud music service in recent weeks, but Mountain View took a major step today. Google is in the process of rolling out an invite system to the beta Google Music service. Each user will have two invites to give to friends. It is still US-only, but this could be a sign the service is moving toward a real release.
Have you gotten your invite yet? No, not the one to the party, but to Google's Music Beta service. Don't hang your head and pout if you haven't received yours yet, it will probably arrive soon, assuming you requested one in the first place. Word on the web is that Google has begun sending out invites to us regular folk, opening up the beta service to non-Xoom owners.
Maximum PC’s Loyd Case did an amazing job summarizing all the announcements at this year’s Google I/O conference, but if you’d prefer to relive the experience for yourself, you’re in luck. Head on over to The Google Code Channel on YouTube to find the main Keynote presentations from both days, along with all the snarky and sarcastic comments you can handle to help get you through the Angry Birds announcement.
Links to the individual videos can be found after the jump.