Music Purchases Come to the Android Market, Google Music Now Open to All

The moment we have been waiting for since Google’s 2010 I/O keynote is finally here. At an event in LA, the addition of music purchases to the Android Market has been announced. Music purchases integrate directly with Google Music’s cloud services, bringing tracks to any internet-enabled device, with a special focus on discovery and sharing. Oh, and Google Music is no longer in closed beta. Starting now, all are welcome to sign up. Downloads comes in the form of 320kbps MP3 files, and each track gives you a 90-second preview. Over 13 millions songs will be available from EMI, Sony, Universal, and thousands of independent labels, hundreds free of charge, including a “free song of the day” promotion.

Google will also spotlight featured and up-and-coming artists, emphasizing the discovery of music new and old. Google has a team of “music geeks” dedicated to making the Google Music store a unique and useful digital resource. Music purchases are available now in the web version of the Android Market, and will make their way to Android phones and tablets shortly.

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  • Acitta

    Not available to all:  “We’re sorry. Google Music is currently only available in the United States”.

    • Jimmy Chen

      Goddammit, this post got my hopes up.

  • leaponover

    FLAC support?

    • NotRelevent

      Yea because everyone enjoys haveing ONE song take up 20MB. No point.

      • Aeires

        20k songs, size is not an issue, just total count.  I upload all my music to Google in FLAC format.

        • HalfwayCrook

          google converted them to 320, sorry bro

        • NotRelevent

          Ok? Like the guy below me said…that doesn’t mean they stayed in said FLAC format when you uploaded them.

  • Paul Riley

    available to all….. IF you live in USA! :(

  • surethom

    Misleading headline again, Americans thinking they are ALL, you mean Available to All users in America,

  • funkyblue

    Change the title. I’m sick of this crap from Google. USA ONLY AGAIN! Also no FLAC :(

  • Leonardo Da Silva Santos

    Only United States for now. Not avaliable here in Brazil

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1269278629 Markus Finster

    Well, I get it. The US is lagging in cell phone saturation, especially compared to Europe, so they need all kinds of stuff to get people switch to cell phones.

    Europe’s got just like 300 million people too, though. Interesting to see that Google doesn’t seem to need them.

    • http://twitter.com/_r1ch Richard Pawley

      Wouldn’t mind betting Google will have to negotiate deals with all the recording companies in the different regions, hence why it’s US only to start with. Wouldn’t like to know how many deals Europe requires vs the US. :-

      Saying that, you can sign up and activate an account via a US proxy, then use it anywhere…which is how I’m using it in the UK. ;-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1269278629 Markus Finster

        Now with EMI being spliced apart, there are really only a handful of global players left: Sony, Universal, Bertelsmann, Warner…There might be a fifth, I don’t know.

        I don’t think Google, or anybody else, would bother negotiating with smaller, independent labels. For those, they dictate the terms.

  • Jon Spittle

    Seriously USA only, WTF!!

  • Aeires

    Google doesn’t even have pay support in all the countries world wide, but it’s getting better.  Give it some time, it’ll be hitting other countries soon.

    For those of us who do have it, Google has finally hit full speed.  From what I’ve seen so far, it’s a good spread and easy to move around in.  The Android ecosystem is finally getting the polish it needed so badly.

  • Joon Sunn

    if(USA == ALL == TRUE)
    {
    printf(Title is correct);
    }
    else
    {
    printf(Title is misleading);
    }

    • http://MyShocker.com Nudo

      might only compute in Java :P

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I6ILDJNLDI4UDKUHR7AE5XFQFU yksur D

    Some times read is not a bad idea, from google blog:

    “Starting today, Google Music is open in the U.S. at market.android.com, and over the next few days, we will roll out the music store to Android Market on devices running Android 2.2 and above.”

  • Raymond Rodgers

    I’m not exactly sure what’s going on, maybe Google and T-Mobile think I’m in Canada since Windsor, Ontario is just across the river from me (in Detroit, Michigan), but I have the updated Market and Music app, but I don’t get a Music section in Market on my Nexus One. However, I’ve had a strange issue with the updated Music app since day 1 of the beta: although it’s installed, and I’m able to play music from the cloud, Market seems to think that it’s not installed. Everytime I go to “My Apps” it’s not listed there, and when I do a search for Google apps, it’s listed as “Free” rather than “Installed” or “Update”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701420860 Mark Richardson

    it is available to all, well im using it in the UK, its just the app is US only at the moment but the web app is more than fine

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701420860 Mark Richardson

    its available to all through music.google.com its just the app that is usa only

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