Googles Music-Service

10.05.2011 Misc Music #Google

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Google hat heute abend auf der I/O Conference seinen Musik-Service vorgestellt, ein Filelocker in der Cloud mit eingebautem Streaming-Service und allerlei Schnickschnack wie Caching für Offline-Betrieb, intelligente Playlists, Platz für 20.000 Songs (in absoluter Anzahl, nicht nach Filegröße bemessen) oder Streaming von 320kbps-MP3s. Der Service ist mindestens während der Beta-Phase umsonst und basiert auf Flash, ganz klar um Apple abzuwatschen. Ich finde das alles recht überzeugend, vor allem, da ich grade sowieso mit dem Gedanken spiele, mir ein neues Android-Handy zu kaufen. Der Service ist im Moment zwar noch auf die USA beschränkt, da sie Google Music aber ohne die Labels launchen (!), könnte das Teil auch sehr schnell hierzulande gestartet werden.

At today’s I/O Conference, Google announced the introduction of Music Beta, a new system for storing and syncing music collections on the cloud. It launches today as an invite-only service for US users: You can request an invite on the Music Beta page. The service allows the storage of a whopping 20,000 songs, blowing Amazon’s similar, 5 GB-capped service out of the water, and Google said today that it will be free for at least as long as it is in beta. One Twitter user jokes that based on Google’s lengthy beta track record — Gmail was in beta from 2004 to 2009, for heavens’ sake — that it will probably be free for five years. Even if it isn’t, Music Beta brings something new and exciting to the table. […]

Some critics have preemptively hated on Google’s first significant foray into music for not delivering as much as Google, by its own admission, wanted: Mashable laments that it lacks “sexier elements like sharing music, buying songs from Google (Amazon allows users to buy songs), and offline caching.” (Actually, this last point isn’t totally correct: Google Music does automatically cache recently listened-to songs for offline listening, and users can designate some songs for continued storage.) Google, for its part, blames its missing features the obstinacy of the labels: “Unfortunately, a couple of the major labels were less focused on the innovative vision that we put forward, and more interested in an unreasonable and unsustainable set of business terms,” a Google strategist told All Things D. Which is why Music Beta, like Amazon’s cloud music locker, launched without the approval of the labels. That alone wins them a few points.

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