The service takes advantage of Google search technology as well as its
ability to tap the tastes of a user's friends to recommend songs. With
three of the four major record labels now participating in the service,
users will also be able to buy music.
"Google Music is about artists and their music and new ways to connect
them to their fans," said Jamie Rosenberg, director of digital content
he beta version of Google Music, which debuted in May, didn't include
the ability to buy songs from labels. But users could upload their
entire music libraries to Google's servers, making those tunes available
to stream from any browser or
Android-based device, such as a phone, a
tablet, or Google TV. Google will now open that service to anyone in the United States.
"The service will continue to be free," Rosenberg said.
Users can upload up to 20,000 songs.