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Google Music is Open for Business

Google’s New Music Store 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. You can now purchase albums and songs online, and have them sent directly to your Android phones or Google […]

Google’s New Music Store

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. You can now purchase albums and songs online, and have them sent directly to your Android phones or Google Music locker. You are limited to storing 20,000 songs in your Google Music locker, though any music you purchase through Google’s music store won’t count against that number. Songs kept in your locker will be available to stream or download to all your devices and computers that use the same Gmail account.

Google Music’s Catalog

Googles official blog post on the new launch writes “The store offers more than 13 million tracks from artists on Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, and the global independent rights agency Merlin as well as over 1,000 prominent independent labels including Merge Records, Warp Records, Matador Records, XL Recordings and Naxos.” states Google’s official blog. “We’ve also partnered with the world’s largest digital distributors of independent music including IODA, INgrooves, The Orchard and Believe Digital.”

Setting up a Google Music Account

Before buying music you will need to set up a free Google Music account. This can be done at music.google.com and requires you to sign in with your Gmail address. Once you’ve set up your Google Music account, you’ll have the option to download Google’s music manager software for your computer, which lets you upload the contents of your music library to your Google Music locker.

Browse Google’s Music Store Offerings

Once you have your Google Music account set up, make your way over to market.android.com/music to begin browsing through Google’s music offerings. Right now, you can only purchase music through the Android Market website via a PC.

Benefits of Google Music Synch

If you have the Google Music app installed on your Android phone, your entire Google Music locker is available for you to stream over the air. “Google Music helps you spend more time listening to your collection and less time managing it.” said Andy Rubin Senior Vice President, Mobile on Google’s Official blog. “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.” If you are worried about a weak Internet connection, you can save your songs directly to your phone’s SD card, so you can rock out even on the subway.

Exclusively on Google Music

Google is celebrating their launch with a variety of music that you won’t find anywhere else, much of it free. There’s something for everyone, with a variety of free tracks to choose from:

  • 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.