Just as the Google I/O conference was getting underway this morning, Google launched its Music streaming service (still in beta), appropriately called Music Beta by Google. It’s very similar to Amazon’s Cloud Music service in that users will be able to upload their music from their personal collection for storage in the cloud and the ability to stream and sync it across all of their devices. In other words, instead of streaming music from a catalog, ala LastFM or ZunePass, users will have to upload their own music for streaming.
If you want to try out the service, you’ll have to request a beta invite. Priority is currently being giving to Motorola Xoom owners and attendees of the I/O conference. The service is currently free, but limited to an upload of 20,000 tracks. Google plans on charging for the service in the future, but they haven’t released any pricing. Check out more details and a gallery below.
The service syncs your music between computer, smartphone, and tablet so that you can access it wherever you are. While the service is optimized for Android 3.0, it’ll work on devices with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and higher. From desktop software (available for both PC and Mac) you’ll be able to add albums, create playlists, and even create an “Instant Mix” playlist, which mixes tracks with similar music traits. The best part? You’re not limited to just creating playlists and Instant Mixes on your desktop. You can create them on your phone or tablet and they’ll instantly sync across all of your devices.
Much like Amazon’s Cloud Drive, Google doesn’t currently have a deal in place with Sony Music Group or Universal Music Group. They tried to work out deals with both labels, but were unsuccessful. While this won’t affect your ability to upload your own music, it may give Google some legal headaches down the road. We’re sure they’ll be able to handle it.
Stay tuned for our hands on once we get our beta invite, but in the meantime, check out the video and gallery below.