Google Music: New Music Service is Like iTunes Meets Facebook

Google Music: New Music Service is Like iTunes Meets Facebook

Now you can download and stream music on the go while also sharing purchased music with family and friends via Google+; Artist hub allows unsigned artists to sell music directly to fans.

Google Music officially opened for business the other day, becoming the third main digital music store alongside iTunes and Amazon. A beta version launched back in May, but until now it was merely a cloud music storage service and lacked music for sale.

That’s all changed.

Google has worked to hard to make sure that it stands out from the competition, tying it into its Google+ social networking platform so that you can seamlessly share purchased tracks with family and friends. Many surely wonder whether it can even compare to the mighty iTunes, but this feature should somewhat alleviate those concerns. Google Music is sort of like iTunes meets Facebook, combining digital music sales with social networking interaction.

Google Music also offers a trove of unlimited free daily MP3 downloads of music you’ll actually want to hear, unlike iTunes. Today for example, features the likes of Jane’s Addiction and Coldplay.

One you download a track and save it to your Google Music library you can select the “share” button to post the track on your Google+ page for whatever circle of contacts to see. Friends are then able to listen to that track (once) and perhaps buy it themselves. ITunes might have Ping for users to share music with family and friends, but who, if anybody even uses it?

Google Music still has the free music cloud dtorage service that holds up to 20,000 songs, though unlike iTunes and its Match subscription service, users have to upload all of their songs.

Another great feature in Google Music is the new artist hub. Now bands can sell their music directly to their fans. Build your own artist page, set your own prices, and sell your songs on your own terms (70-30 split with Google).

“Whether you’re on a label or the do-it-yourself variety, artists are at the heart of Google Music,” writes Google in a blog post. “With the Google Music artist hub, any artist who has all the necessary rights can distribute his or her own music on our platform, and use the artist hub interface to build an artist page, upload original tracks, set prices and sell content directly to fans—essentially becoming the manager of their own far-reaching music store.”

So taken altogether Google Music is definitely pulling out all the stops to really set it apart from the competition. Download the Google Music app HERE if you haven’t already.