Google Music, the cloud based music storage and music player for Android (Honeycomb and Gingerbread) devices which gives you access to your personal music collection without the hassle of wires or syncing, was announced at the Google I/O 2011. Sadly enough, Google Music beta will be available in US only and like any other new Google service, will be invite based.
Google Music is similar to Amazon’s cloud player which was launched in last month. Apple has plans to take iTunes to the cloud as well. But the problem with Google’s cloud player is with the licensing (or lack of it) of music. Amazon users are able to download mp3 songs since Amazon has worked out licensing terms with major labels like Sony music, Universal, Warner music etc.
Google Music will only work on devices that support Flash, though, which means that it will not be compatible with Apple products such as the iPhone and the iPad.
The best part for me is the fact that you can listen to your personal music collection at home or on the go, either on the web or on your android app even when you are not online! That’s awesome, isn’t it? The songs you’ve recently played will automatically be available offline. You can also select the specific albums, artists and playlists you want to have available when you’re not connected.
Google Music Beta Invites
Interesting thing to note here is that the priority is given to those attending Google I/O as well as those who own Motorola’s Xoom tablet. Another important note is that Google is specifying clearly that Music Beta is available free for a limited time. So expect to pay for the service at a later stage.
So, if you are in US and interested to try out the service, visit http://music.google.com/ and request for a beta invite.
Update: Here is a video which explains the service in detail.