After much anticipation and plenty of speculation, Google Music is official. Announced today, the program has come out of beta and is now available to everyone. The list of details is lengthy to say the least however we’ve put together the stuff you should know right away.
- Google Music is now open to all US residents – music.google.com
- Partners include Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, and more than 1,000 prominent independent labels
- Users can purchase tracks and albums from market.android.com/music
- The official Google Music Android app has been updated (v 4.0.9)
- Over the next few days, the music store will roll out to Android Market on devices running Android 2.2+
- Like the beta program, users can load up to 20,000 songs to the cloud at no cost
- Songs purchased through Google can be shared on Google+
Free and Exclusive
- There are exclusive titles including:
- The Rolling Stones are offering an exclusive, never-before-released live concert album,Brussels Affair (Live, 1973), including a free single, “Dancing with Mr. D.” This is the first of six in an unreleased concert series that will be made available exclusively through Google Music over the coming months.
- Coldplay fans will find some original music that’s not available anywhere else: a free, live recording of “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”, a five-track live EP from their recentconcert in Madrid and a remix of “Paradise” by Tiësto.
- Busta Rhymes’s first single from his upcoming album, Why Stop Now (feat. Chris Brown), is available for free.
- Shakira’s live EP from her recent concert in Paris and her new studio single, “Je L’Aime à Mourir” are both being offered up free.
- Pearl Jam are releasing a live album from their 9/11/11 concert in Toronto, free to Google Music users.
- Dave Matthews Band are offering up free albums from two live concerts, including new material from Live On Lakeside.
- Tiësto is offering up a new mix, “What Can We Do?” (feat. Anastacia), exclusively to Google Music users.
- There are also hundreds of free songs
Much like developers with Android, Google Music lets artists create an account for $25 and upload their own music. From there Google takes 30% while the artist retains 70% of the earnings.
To celebrate the launch of Google Music, T-Mobile will offer millions of T-Mobile customers using smartphones and tablets running on Android 2.2 and above exclusive free Google Music content from featured artists including Drake, Maroon 5, Busta Ryhmes, and others.
Each week through the end of the year, T-Mobile will introduce new, free tracks via the Android Market Music Store – look for the T-Mobile Free Tracks section to find them. Free content for T-Mobile customers will also be shareable with friends via Google+.