After being in beta for months now, Google Music has finally left its beta stage. This fantastic news for two reasons: Google Music is now open to anyone and everyone, and Google has also launched its music store as well.
Google took a risky move with releasing their music service without the four major labels in order to gain a head start on Apple’s iCloud. Well, they made the right decision, because iCloud wasn’t exactly what everyone was wanting (though they may not admit it) and now they have three of the four major labels on board to kick of the new and improved, beta-less Google Music. But Google doesn’t just have the four major labels–Sony, EMI, and Universal–they also have a ton of independent labels that shoot their partnership grand total to over 1000 partnerships. Not only that, but artists like Busta Rhymes, Coldplay, The Rollings Stones, Pearl Jam, and others have released either new albums or live albums exclusively with Google Music. It may have been delayed, but it sounds like there’s a lot of people backing the launch of Google Music’s store.
Google also went the right path towards consistency and unified products by already integrating Google Music into Google+ and the Android Market, meaning you don’t have to go to Google Music to actually get the music, it’s all integrated into where they sell everything else. Google has already updated the web version of the Android Market to sell music, with phone and tablets versions following in the coming weeks. You can +1 artists, albums, and songs, and Google seems to be finally wrapping all of its services into one.
Google has finally upgraded their music service, and if you live in the US, you can now buy music and use Google Music for all of your music needs. The upgrades to device Market’s will be coming, and we’ll be sure to cover them when they’re released. The new Music app is already released for download, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to check it out. Stay tuned to TheDroidGuy for more news and updates on Google Music and Android.