Google Music Now Scans U.S. Libraries, Adds Music To The Cloud Automatically

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Remember Google Music? That was Google's attempt to cut into the growing music streaming business prior to iTunes Match becoming a reality, but one has to wonder what kind of traction the service has had in the months since. Google has remaining mostly quiet on new features for Music, but there's a new update today that may make it more attractive for those sitting on the fence. Or, more likely, those who tried Google Music but haven't returned in a long while.

In Europe, Music already offered a feature called "scan and match," where Google could scan your music library and then make the songs it found available right away in your cloud, without an upload on your end. Now, it's coming to the U.S. Google has said that in time, it'll upgrade users with existing cloud libraries, and yes, the entire thing is completely free and automatic.

Of course, one has to wonder how many people are keeping massive local music libraries in an era where you can stream almost anything for under $10 a month, but if it's you, here's something to chew on.
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OSunday replied on Wed, Dec 19 2012 12:45 AM

No way?!

This is awesome!

Although I feel like this makes it prone to giving people access to free music that they didn't pay for by scanning pirated music. I wonder if it has some form of authentication to make sure the music was acquired from a legal source.

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Dorkstar replied on Wed, Dec 19 2012 8:59 AM

Super cool feature.  Too bad I haven't had the need to buy music in umm..... 15 years?

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