Android Market soon to offer millions of tunes

Android Market soon to offer millions of tunes
The soon to open Google Music Store might be one of the worst kept secrets in the industry. A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times said that Google's answer to iTunes was close to launching and Andy Rubin mentioned that the opening of the service would be coming shortly at last week's AsiaD conference in Hong Kong. 

A huge sign that the Google Music Store is about to open reveals itself when you go to the Google Music landing page at music.google.com. From your phone, you are presented with a link (which currently is not in operation) to the Android Market where you can, "Get songs from your favorite artists in Android Market, including hundreds of free tracks." The link, when it is up and running, is set up to take you to https://market.android.com/music.

The link on the top of the page that says "Get Android App" sends you to the Google Music Beta app which offers a limited free trial, but does not allow you to purchase tunes from the Android Market. Longer than expected negotiations with the record labels is holding this feature back. The app allows you to store up to 20,000 songs for free and lets you access them from any Android device running Froyo or higher. You will also be able to create your own playlist and  listen to your songs even when offline.

Right now, it is available only in the U.S. and it requires Flash to be installed. If you want to start your music collection now, some free tunes are available from the service. Add all of this functionality to a brand new Google Music Store, and it looks like iTunes will have some tough competition.

source: NewsonDroid via TechCrunch

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31 Comments

1. Kenahn

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I can't wait!

2. aar0983

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 26, 2011

wow this is huge. I'm pretty sure it will give itunes a run for its money.

3. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

this is gonna be cool when it comes out

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

YES!!!! its being a while (since 2.2 announcement) that they have being talking about this, :D and with it the cloud index and easy music

6. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

dont think they were keeping it a secret

7. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I love how people who are excited about this get thumbs down. Just like the dude in Europe who has been fire bombing luxury cars because he is in debt and hates his life, people come here to get mad at people who are excited about the new features of Android. And yes, I realize that in this case, iOS has already had this feature... but that doesn't mean we can't be excited about getting it now.

8. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Maybe this is the reason why we never see a new Music app in ICS hands-on videos. I've really been wondering why I've never seen anyone click into the music app, because the current music app in Android is pretty bad. The original music app with the Droid 1 was bad; it would play different segments of a song while listing the same time marker. It would also make this terrible sound when fast forwarding tracks. With the latest Google Music app you can't even fast forward a track. Well why don't you just slide the bar? I would do that, but it doesn't quite give you the precision you need when you're listening to a 2 hour podcast or an audio book.

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Maybe because it looks similar to the one in the market, heck it was even leaked I have a copy would you like it? Trusted source so no worries

9. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I knew about this. so I dont think it was being kept a secret... it will be inferior to tthe ones out there but.. give it time before it gets better...

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Why it would be inferior compared with others?

21. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

because its not iTunes. galitoking is an apple mark, so when he says others, he means iTunes.

11. noahbf

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 28, 2009

eh, its probably gonna suck. I love google though, so I'll make it work.

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

what does a music purchase service has to do in order to suck? I mean the only deal breaker will be content....

19. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Are you inviting Apple fanboys to flame in here? Come on dude. You are becoming The_Miz of the Android world.... I mean... Even... your... profile.. pics... are... similar...

26. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

sorry ... girl ...

30. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I notice that....just another ignoramus that loves to not have a choice....

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I use Spotify - it is free or 9.99 for premium and I have tons of music to access - without paying for it or worrying about taking up space on the phone.

25. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

no, we say iTunes sucks because EVERYTHING you want to do on an iPhone, requires you to have an iTunes... be it syncing music,contacts, pictures, games, or even videos, there is no mass storage mode. iTunes also needs to be installed on every computer you connect your iPhone to... having a mass storage mode doesn't require such idiotic needs. that answer your question?

27. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Lol he tried.

28. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Ease of use (sharing files) is waaaay better in Android not to mention most feature phones out there do it better also.

31. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Yep, the wife hates itunes but has no choice and is forced to use it.

29. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Seriously, taco bell....can you try and act smarter...lol I like to have a choice...you need itunes with the iphone....no way around that....at leats not officially - with ANDROID, I can use SPOTIFY, KIES AIR, doubletwist (which gives me all of the music from the wife's itunes account, free), etc.....so, do you understand yet? Are you really that dense? With Android it is all about choice....although, seeing some Android phones with no removable battery, or an microSD card is rather disheartening.

32. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

at least...thanks frigging iPHONEARENA.....coming up with the idea of editing a post until someone else posts is brilliant.

33. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The only thing that backpedals is iphone tec each year buddy,or if it goes forward at all that bike pedal moves about 5mm and changes everything again!

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I CAN'T WAIT!

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