Google Music Sheds Beta Label, Gunning for iTunes

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Google expanded its ecosystem to include an online music store, putting the search giant in direct competition with Apple and its iTunes offerings. The new Google Music, which as been available in beta form since the summer, also offers free cloud storage for music files (up to 20,000) and streaming to any device either through the Google Music Android app or over the web.

Google has partnered with EMI, Sony, Universal, and more than 1,000 independent labels for their music catalog, however the Warner Music Group, which represents acts including Tom Petty, Frank Sinatra and other big names is not yet on board. The available files will be sold either in individual track or in album form as MP3s as 320kbps.

Google Music will also integrate with Google+, allowing users to share and stream songs with one another.

The new Google Music app is now available in the Android Market, and T-Mobile customers will have free access to exclusive Maroon 5, Drake and Busta Rhymes tracks.



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