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Google's long-awaited cloud music service has
arrived. It's called Music Beta; it's free (for now, and currently invite-only);
and after giving it a test-drive, I'm happy to report that the whole system is
Google on Tuesday announced a cloud based music
service that will let users store their songs on its servers and stream them on
any computer or smartphones using an internet connection anywhere, anytime. This
comes a day after it announced availability of movie renting service at YouTube.
The company also said users will be able to rent movies from Android Market and
watch them on computing device, including smartphones.
The service - Music Beta - was announced at a Google event in San Francisco .
Initially , the service will be an invitation-only , similar to the way Gmail
was in the early days and will be available only in the US . Users will be able
to upload up to 20,000 songs on a cloud based hard disk . Cloud is a term for
web-based computing where data is stored on servers connected to internet.
In March , Amazon launched a similar service like Google called Cloud Player .
Vishal Tripathi , an analyst with Gartner Research said that with Music Beta ,
Google is aiming squarely at Apple's iTunes .
"Seemingly both products are different. On iTunes you can buy songs but can't
store them in a cloud. But I believe the differences are just because Google and
record labels failed to reach a deal in time ," said Tripathi . "Once the deals
are done , Googlewilloffer users an option to buy songs as well store them on
the cloud," he added . Apple is slated to launch music streaming service ,
rumoured to be called iCloud, soon .
In India, Google has already partnered several movie studios to offer full Hindi
films on YouTube.
Recently, Shemaroo Entertainment announced that Dil To Bachha Hai Ji and Aakrosh
were made available on YouTube on the day their of DVD release .
How to use
Google's Music Beta (hands-on)
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