In a press release launched on Tuesday Google said it has developed a cloud based music service which will allow users upload and save all their music files on the cloud and stream it on PCs, smartphones and tablets. Even though Google has a licensed deal with many music labels, this cloud based music service in beta version has been launched to cater to the generation, always in search of cloud services for storing files like mp3s, photos and videos. This newly launched service poses serious competition to Amazon’s music service.
Using this service companies now have a platform to advertise the cloud services they offer. With this service, users who previously had no idea about the tremendous complicated technology being used, now have a simplified opportunity.
Amazon recently in March introduced a service very much alike. The Amazon Cloud Drive allows users to stream music on their PCs or cell phones with the help of the Internet. The Amazon Cloud Drive is a licensed service partnering with major music labels, allowing users to share music with others or making a purchase of their favorite music. However the beta version launched by Google has more space to store a much larger music library than the Amazon counterpart. This service by Google has been made official as of Tuesday morning.
Since Google was in process of making a licensed deal with music labels for quite some time now, this piece of news come as a surprise for many. Forced to launch early without signing a proper deal, users believe Google was intimidated by Amazon’s Cloud Drive as competition for online music storage became intense. When Amazon launched its music service, many music companies were disappointed and asked for new deals for cloud services and a much greater share of online music purchases.
This new music service developed by Google will provide Android users access to their music without any difficulty thereby seriously challenging Apple’s iPhone. Apple through iTunes is also in the process of developing its very own streaming services in partnership with music companies. The suspicion arose by the fact that it recently purchases Lala, a cloud music service as well as built a huge data center in North Carolina.
The newly launched service by Google will initially be accessible through invitation only. The receivers of the first phase of invitations will be Verizon Xoom owners while others interested can sign up for the service at music.google.com which is currently unavailable. Once available, the service needs to be downloaded in order to be used before uploading music. A flash enabled gadget can be used along with a Google account to gain access to the music with the help of either an app on cellphones or web music players. Around 20,000 songs can be stored without any cost by Google users, which is significantly higher than the service provided by Amazon allowing the storage of only 1,000 songs without any cost.