Google Music to stream 20,000 songs for free
Google ain’t going to sell you songs like how Apple iTunes does it, because they failed to make a deal with the music labels. According to Jamie Rosenberg, Director of Android Product Management when speaking to All Things D, “A couple of the major labels were less focused on the innovative vision that we put forward, and more interested in in an unreasonable and unsustainable set of business terms.”
So, rather than putting the service on hold, Google will launch its music service with the ability to store up to 20,000 of your own uploaded songs for free which you can then stream over the web or to your Android phone or tablet.
Amazon had a similar Cloud service, but only offers 5GB of free storage, which is about 1,200 songs, at a mediocre bitrate. Google’s service not only won by capacity, but is also able to automatically create playlists.
Google expects to rollout the service to its US users within “weeks” with Music Beta invites going out later today to Verizon Xoom owners (others will be able to sign up at music.google.com).
SOURCE via All Things D