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CNET News Video: Google rolls out music service to masses

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CNET News Video: Google rolls out music service to masses

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At a Google press event in Los Angeles, the company officially launches its music service and store. Now open to all, the service enables users to upload their music libraries to Google's servers, making those tunes available to stream on Android-based devices. Users can also now purchase songs from three major music labels.

Today, for those millions of Android devices and for music fans across the web, our Music Beta becomes a full end-to-end service and that experience is called Google Music. Google Music is about discovering, purchasing, sharing and enjoying digital music in new, innovative and personalized ways. It's about the Cloud, about the web and about mobile. It's about better connecting you with the music you own and introducing you to new music that we or better yet, your friends think you'll love. Last but certainly not least, Google Music is about artists and their music and new ways to connect artists with their fans. Starting today, the Google Music Cloud service opens up to everyone in the U.S., no invitation needed at music.google.com. And what about pricing? When we launched the Beta, we said the service was free for a limited time. Now, I'm pleased to announce that we're removing that qualification and the service will continue to be free. You can add your entire music collection to Google Music up to 20,000 songs and stream it for free. Other cloud music services think you have to pay to listen to music you already own. We don't. But that's just the beginning. People have responded very positively to Music Beta of the last 6 months. They like having instant access to all their songs, the flexibility of streaming or downloading to their devices, the convenience of being able to play in any web browser even the one on iOS. And they like Instant Mix, a feature based on machine-hearing technology that lets you build great playlists automatically with just one click. Now that we're making the service completely free and opening it up to everyone in the U.S., we suspect they'll like Google Music even more.

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