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Google Music Beta

  1. Google Launches New Music Store in Android Marketplace

    Google turned quite a few heads with the release of its streaming music locker service some months back, which allowed users to store up to 20,000 songs regardless of size on the search giant's servers. From there, the music could be streamed to any device for free via a data connection. Last night, Google added another piece to their growing foray into the musical world with the announcement of a music download store as part of the Android Marketplace.

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  2. App Developer Suggests Apple May Not Be Playing Fair with Amazon and Google Cloud Services

    Apple would definitely have something to gain by restricting access to cloud services like Amazon's and Google's if they wanted to keep their massive user base on iTunes. But just because they have something to gain doesn't mean they'd do that, right? James Clancey of Interactive Innovative Solutions (IIS), has been having some issues with a few apps that seem to suggest they might just be doing exactly that. IIS had two apps that ventured into this territory, and at the moment, they only have one. The apps, gMusic and aMusic, let you listen to music stored on Google Music Beta and Amazon Cloud Drive, respectively. Available for $2 a pop, it was a pretty good cost proposition. The issue is that now, aMusic has mysteriously disappeared from the app store and gMusic is dealing with an inexplicably delayed app update, according to Clancey.

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  3. Magnifier Reminds You Google Music Beta is a Thing, Highlights its Flaws

    Remember Google Music? Well, then it seems like Magnifier has done one of its jobs. Magnifier, a new blog recently launched to work in tandem with the Google Music Beta, aims to bring tunes to your attention, tunes that you can then add to your Google Music collection, along with all the songs in there that you already own, uploaded and have presumably heard. The blog explains itself like this:

    Well, when I was in junior high school, I had a friend whose older cousin lived in England, and that cousin would always send my friend great new records we usually knew nothing about, except that if the cousin liked them there was a very good chance we would, too...So, Magnifier is basically Music Beta's cousin who lives in England

    So, basically Magnifier will recommend you music based on the opinion of its team (made up of people who you probably don't know) and allow you a free download. That's all well and good, but not quite anything worth doing the Sid Vicious pogo about.

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  4. Google Music Beta: This Is What Music Lovers Have Been Waiting For

    At today's I/O Conference, Google announced the introduction of Music Beta, a new system for storing and syncing music collections on the cloud. It launches today as an invite-only service for US users: You can request an invite on the Music Beta page. The service allows the storage of a whopping 20,000 songs, blowing Amazon's similar, 5 GB-capped service out of the water, and Google said today that it will be free for at least as long as it is in beta. One Twitter user jokes that based on Google's lengthy beta track record -- Gmail was in beta from 2004 to 2009, for heavens' sake -- that it will probably be free for five years. Even if it isn't, Music Beta brings something new and exciting to the table.

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