Music Beta By Google Launches: Invite-Only For Now - HotHardware
Music Beta By Google Launches: Invite-Only For Now

Music Beta By Google Launches: Invite-Only For Now

Google revealed a startling amount of new information at Google I/O this week, but there was no bigger announcement than the one everyone expected: Music. The company's new Music Beta has beaten Apple's rumored iCloud service to the punch, but unlike many streaming services, there's no actual way to buy music via this method. The labels were evidently not fond of Google's terms and conditions, so instead, Google created a cloud music locker where individuals can insert up to 20,000 songs at no charge (for now) in order to stream them back to any PC or Android device, anywhere that an Internet connection is available.


The service is similar in a way to Amazon's Cloud Storage service (announced earlier in the year), but rather than counting gigabytes, it counts songs. The app itself is available today on the Android Market, but you need an invite to the beta to actually try out the cloud aspect. Once installed (and invited), you'll be able to upload any songs you have (though format support is limited) to your Google cloud, and then you can listen in from any connected PC or Android device.



There's no telling how successful this will be once Google starts charging for it, but it'll definitely be a hit while it's free. Are you interested in yet another cloud streaming service? Or is there no "hook" here to catch you?
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It's a novel idea if they leave it as free, or they charge very little for it. Most of us do have a lot of home storage capability already, and for me, this is moot.

But ultimately, I like my music where it is, under my control.

One thing about putting anything onto the web in any form,.....(Facebook, Twitter, etc.,.......) Is that what ever you put out into cyberspace is forever out there. Deleting something on your account does not actually delete it from their servers. You may have taken that Photograph, (example) and you may own that photograph that you took too, but once they have it on their servers, you cannot make them delete it because they claim it as theirs from now on. They can sell it if they want to. (we need to start reading the fine print on all of those EULA's)

What if the RIAA decides to sue Google and get all of the song information from everybody's account and then make YOU PROVE that you actually own each and every song you posted? While this would be no problem for me, (other than it being a PITA) I can see it becoming a sticky subject for many. I KNOW the RIAA is laying in the weeds just waiting for people to do things like this. Their Lawyers are on retainers, so it doesn't cost them anything extra to make them work a little.


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@realneil I agree about keeping free or 99cents and I also agree about keeping my music within my control. I don't want my music in the cloud. If I don't have access to my music I just go to purevolume or pandora.

This idea also opens up the idea to people downloading from the cloud. I know someone will make a program that allows you to search and download from people's libraries. mytunes used to do it for itunes.

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Some people are posting links to invites for this service. Google has stated that nobody has invites to give away. All invites are linked to an existing Google account and must be used by that account.

So, due to the existing possibility of online scams, links to purported invite sites will be deleted and should be ignored.

LINK to story

LINK to the official Google Invite Request Page.

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I don't really care too much about keeping my music in the cloud. I'm happy with Pandora or a similar service if/when my music is unavailable.

Realneal's point about the RIAA trying to make you prove that you actually own a song would be a real pain. Just the threat of having to waste my time like this would be enough to make me think twice about using a cloud music service.

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