Despite the fact that Google loves their beta tags, people have been eagerly anticipating the axing of that particular title from Google Music. With that tag, Google Music was nothing much more than a digital storage locker for your music — which is great, if you didn’t already have other means to do that, or if you just prefer to use Google-branded services whenever you get a shot. But now that Google Music is open to the public, the search giant has showcased plenty of new features.
So, what does the new Google Music feature? Plenty, so let’s get right down to it:
- Music store: That’s right, it isn’t just a storage locker for your music anymore. Google has teamed up with a few major labels (and several indie labels, too) to make purchasing music through the Android Market very easy. Songs range from free to $1.29, which is competitive to the other digital music retailers out there.
- Cloud, mobile and web: When you purchase a song through the Google Music store, you’ll be offered the option of keeping the song stored locally on your phone, or to have it sync with your Google Music storage locker in the cloud, automatically. If you choose the latter, the song will be available for you to play anywhere you can access the web, or whatever device you’ve got Google Music installed on.
- Discovering new artists: Recommendations for new music aren’t new, but it’s never a bad feature, either. Google will recommend new artists and tracks based on your listening routine, offering you up plenty of new music to download on a regular basis.
- Exclusive content: There’s content that is exclusive to the launch of Google Music, and it features artists such as Shakira, Dave Matthews Band, Busta Rhymes, Pearl Jam and the Rolling Stones. If you’re a fan of Coldplay, they’ve got exclusive tracks available, too.
- Free music, and sharing with Google+: You’ll have access to a free song every day, and there are plenty of free songs scattered throughout the Google Music store, for your downloading pleasure. And, best of all, what you download from the Google Music store can be shared with your friends (and contacts) via Google+, if that’s something you’re into.
Basically, it looks like Google covered as many bases as they could, even if they weren’t able to get a plethora of music labels behind them quite yet. Of course, that will change over time. Right now, Google Music’s lack of a beta tag only means good things, and we can’t wait to see what else is to come. Oh, and what’s better? Google has made Google Music and the Music store available for Android devices on Android 2.2+. That’s huge, in our opinion.