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Thursday, 17 November 2011 09:18

Google opens music store

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13 million songs ready to go

Google is bolstering Android Market with a new content delivery system that will directly take on Apple’s iTunes store.

Users will be able to store 20,000 songs on their Google Music accounts which should be more than enough for any audio freak. Google has entered partnerships with more than a thousand record labels and claims it will offer 13 million songs for sale or free download.

In addition, Google will lend a helping hand to up-and-coming musicians by allowing them to create their own pages, featuring videos and self-published music. The service will cost $25 and Google will let the artists retain 70 percent of the revenue, which is about 65 percent more than most managers.

The launch coincides with the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich phones, but some analysts don’t expect Google to make a killing in the content download market, which is already fiercely contested by several players.

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0 #1 God Of Atheism 2011-11-17 10:21
20000 songs in what format? I store all my songs in flac (ripped from cds I buy so at 44.1 khz and 16 bit), and somehow I doubt they'd let me store 20000 songs. Add to that the average length of my songs is probably more than the average of all songs. I think I'd get to well over half a terabyte for 20000 songs.
+1 #2 123s 2011-11-17 10:57
Sounds pretty pun intended.
wonder about quality and format too, ideal would be to have 2/3 options (192/320/flac) but that´ll would make the storage for them explode.
-1 #3 Kryojenix 2011-11-17 11:08
Quoting God Of Atheism:
I store all my songs in flac (ripped from cds.

I say, that's a bit naff. Shouldn't you be ripping DVD-Audio or SACD's if you really care for sound quality?
0 #4 STRESS 2011-11-17 13:28
Another bad move by google they again interfering with the business model of their own customers (Amazon). They all might consider moving to an alternative Phone/Tablet OS

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