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Google has now officially opened up their music (buying) service for business. Since last May it had been in beta and allowed users to upload (and stream) up to 20,000 tracks at any bitrate (MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC), there was no ability to purchase, until now. Google music will emphasize "discovering, purchasing, sharing and enjoying digital music in new, innovative and personalized ways", writes Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google. Google music will sync to the cloud both purchased and uploaded music from your entire library and across all types of devices, while maintaining playlists.
They have added a new music store in Android Market, fully integrated with Google Music. Google Music will ultimately offer 13 million tracks from the major record labels (8 million today): Universal, Sony, EMI, and global independent rights agency Merlin, as well as others like 1,000 prominent independent labels. They will offer an "Artist Hub" where the artist without a record label can distribute and sell their own music. There will be an interface for building the hub interface. This feature, the Artist Hub, may become one of the most talked about new features out there.
A rundown of how using Google Music will work and video from Google after the break