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Google Joins Online Music Biz

Wanting their slice of the download music pie, Google opened an online music store and free Web storage locker on Wednesday.

Google Music users can now listen to tracks from their computers or any tablet or phone that runs Android software.

Google Music’s store sells songs and albums for prices comparable to iTunes and Amazon MP3. The storefront can be found in Android’s Market—an application and website that allows smartphone users to download apps.

Songs purchased from the store are automatically uploaded to Google Music’s “locker”, or cloud server, and users can access and stream songs from their various devices.

Google Music is free to use and users can store as many as 20,000 songs—great news for the Android’s more than 200 million users. Not so great news for competitors, like iTunes Match, who charges $25 a year to store up to 25,000 songs on Apple’s cloud servers.

“At Google, digital music has become fundamental to many things we care very much about,” Jamie Rosenberg, Google’s director of content for Android, said onstage at the news conference. “Other cloud music services think you have to pay to listen to the music you own. We don’t.”

iTunes may still have the leg up on Google Music—at least for now. iTunes music library boasts 20 million songs available for download, whereas Google has 8 million songs. Google has signed deals with 3 of the big 4 record labels and predicts it will add 5 million songs over the next several months.

Google Music also allows customers to share tracks on Google+, allowing social networks to listen to any song they find through Google+ in full one time before they decide to purchase. iTunes only provides 90-second previews.