In a move that can be seen as a response to Apple’s iTunes, Google yesterday launched a new service called Google Music. The Google Music platform reportedly contains millions of songs. This new service also allows consumers purchase “individual songs or entire albums right from your computer or your Android device and they’ll be added instantly to your Google Music library, and accessible anywhere.”
As a kick-start strategy, Google will be giving out one free music download to each consumer.
Google seems to be offering so many “freebies” on this new platform. Below are some of the them:
- The Rolling Stones are offering an exclusive, never-before-released live concert album,Brussels Affair (Live, 1973), including a free single, “Dancing with Mr. D.” This is the first of six in an unreleased concert series that will be made available exclusively through Google Music over the coming months.
- Coldplay fans will find some original music that’s not available anywhere else: a free, live recording of “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”, a five-track live EP from their recent concert in Madrid and a remix of “Paradise” by Tiësto.
- Busta Rhymes’s first single from his upcoming album, Why Stop Now (feat. Chris Brown), is available for free.
- Shakira’s live EP from her recent concert in Paris and her new studio single, “Je L’Aime à Mourir” are both being offered up free.
According to Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President, Mobile:
Starting today, Google Music is open in the U.S. at market.android.com, and over the next few days, we will roll out the music store to Android Market on devices running Android 2.2 and above. You can also pick up the new music app from Android Market and start listening to your music on your phone or tablet today. And don’t forget to turn your speakers up to eleven.