It was expected that this happens and indeed, yesterday night Google brought its Music Beta by Google out of Beta but launched it commercially as Google Music. Introduced last May at the Google I/O, Music Beta by Google allowed users to access their personal music collections easily from any device, doesn't matter if it was a simple (but compatible) web browser or or an Android smartphone. Music Beta allowed users to upload their personal music collection (up to 20,000 songs) for free to the cloud so these songs could be streamed anywhere and any time. From now Music Beta is simply called Google Music still supporting the same features as before but now it's also about discovering, purchasing and sharing digital music.
While Google Music is still allowing to upload 20,000 tracks to the cloud, yesterday Google also added a new music store in Android Market, fully integrated with Google Music. The store offers more than 13 million tracks from artists on Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, and the global independent rights agency Merlin as well as over 1,000 prominent independent labels including Merge Records, Warp Records, Matador Records, XL Recordings and Naxos. Google has also partnered with the world's largest digital distributors of independent music including IODA, INgrooves, The Orchard and Believe Digital.
Users can now purchase individual songs or entire albums right from the computer or Android device and they'll be added instantly to the personal Google Music library, to make the tracks accessible anywhere. The new Google Music even allows to share a free full play of a purchased song with friends on Google+!
Starting yesterday, Google Music is now open in the U.S. and over the next few days, Google said that it will roll out the music store to Android Market on devices running Android 2.2 and above. There's also a new new music app available from the Android Market.
Cheers ~ Arne