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Android Market still selling half a million albums for $4.99 a piece

Google extends its holiday discount for Android Market customers--more than 500,000 albums for $4.99 and over 10M tracks for 49 cents.

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Google is keeping the holiday spirit alive on the Android Market by trimming prices on more than half a million albums and ten million songs.

Initially kicked off early last week, the blowout music sale offers a large array of albums for just $4.99 and an even larger array of individual tracks for just 49 cents. Though advertised as a limited time offer, the sale is continuing to run past Christmas.

Marked-down albums include ones from the likes of the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna. The individual tracks also represent a diverse playlist from such artists as U2, Amy Winehouse, Elton John, the Beatles, and Frank Sinatra. Being a big jazz fan, I discovered a healthy collection of jazz albums and songs on sale.

Android users can download songs and albums directly to their devices. However, non-Android users can also grab their favorite music by storing it on their cloud-based Google Music page or downloading it to their computers in the form of MP3 files.

The search giant launched its Music store around the middle of November in an effort to compete with iTunes and other online audio services.

Beyond its blowout sale, Google has been offering more than 100 songs for free, including tunes from Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Five for Fighting, Harry Connick Jr., and Elvis Presley.