Called "Music Beta by Google", the service lets users store their tunes remotely and access them from any compatible device, including mobile phones, tablets and computers. So far, it does not offer music downloads or song sales and it doesn’t let people listen to music they haven’t physically uploaded. The service will be available by invitation only starting this week, free of charge while it is being tested.
Google announced the new service at its yearly conference for software developers in San Francisco. It did not say whether, or how much, it plans to charge eventually. Google’s music service comes just weeks after Amazon announced a similar product called Cloud Player which lets users store their music remotely and stream it back to their computer or Android smartphone.
Google unveiled the ‘Music Beta by Google’ service with a demo at a developer conference in San Francisco.
The new service will allow a user to upload up to 20,000 songs on to the service and the demo showed a range of music player features for managing songs in a user’s library.
Music Beta will be available for free for a limited time to users who request an invitation in the United States.
Google has been working on a music service as a feature of its Android mobile operating system to better compete with iTunes. The Google music service comes alongside a licensed movie service which allows YouTube and Android device users to rent movies from $1.99.
Like Amazon’s service, Music Beta by Google is only available within the US at this stage. Presently, the service is offered only by invitation