For now, songs will be sold only in the United States.
Google Store is similar to the iTunes Store, launched by Apple in 2003.
The Google announced the launch of its own music store at an event on Wednesday (16).The service will only work in the United States and within the Android Market, shop for devices with Android, and Google Music. The launch is similar to the iTunes Store, launched in 2003 by Apple.
Google Music is a free service that lets you store your music and can hear them in the browser or other devices – the trial version of the tool was announced in May.
From this Wednesday, Google Music (music.google.com) will bring the option of purchasing music, the company said.Purchases made on Android Market, on smartphones and tablets, will be integrated into the service and can also be heard in the browser.
The search giant has made deals to sell music with independent labels and has a contract with three major American writers: Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI. Google and Warner Music have yet to reach an agreement, but are in early stages of negotiation, according to Reuters.
“During the testing of Google Music, learned a lot about consumer habits. We had, on average, 2:30 a.m. to stream music from the service, “said James Rosenberg, director of digital content for Android, at the launch of Google Music. Rosenberg announced that it is 200 million devices running Android in the world.
Rosenberg also said that you can store 20,000 music tracks on Google for free. “We do not think you have to pay for songs they already have,” he said. According to Google, Google Music is only available in the United States.
Google says you have formatted your store so that the user is led to discover songs that interest you. The company also said that every day there will be a free track available to consumers.
A new service is that you can share music purchased with his friends, who are entitled to hear the whole song once – the store is fully integrated with Google +, the company’s social networking.
The search giant has also invested in exclusive titles. The company announced, for example, will offer shows never before released tracks by the Rolling Stones and exclusive Shakira and Coldplay.
Another distinguishing feature of Google is the Music Artist Hub, a kind of center that allows artists to sell their music directly to their fans.With the tool, the bands were left with 70% of the profits of the tracks and albums sold in the Google Music.
To sell your tracks in the store, the artists have to pay $ 25 for an initial registration. The prices of the details of tracks and albums are also under the control of their authors.
During the launch of Google Music, the company also announced it is working with YouTube so that fans can buy songs directly from the artists’ videos on the site.
According to Reuters, Google’s partners in the creation of store classify the service as “not exciting” before its release. The executives said they were waiting for an innovative and completely based music storage in the cloud – the store announced, the user can download his music and listen to them streaming from the cloud.
With the initiative, Google is close to competing with Apple , Amazon and Facebook, which has launched a variety of functions related to music for the services they provide.
Analysts reveal that it is unlikely that the music store brings big changes in Google’s profits, but the initiative is critical to ensure the company’s efforts in the mobile market with Android.
Without the music service, smartphones running Android, for example, might not be as attractive to consumers on devices that offer a superior media experience.