By Tefo Mohapi
On 16 November 2011 Google finally released the official version on Google Music which has been running as a beta platform since May 2010 allowing users to upload their music collection into the cloud and access it from any device at any time. Many see this new move by Google as a direct threat to Apple’s iTunes especially when you consider that Google Music allows you to purchase songs and give “free, full play” access of the songs to your friends on Google+.
The catalogue of songs available for purchase includes the catalogues of notable heavyweights like Vivendi and EMI – amongst others – but notably excludes the catalogue of Warner Music which could hurt their appeal in the battle with Apple iTunes. Also, it is currently unknown what the omission of the Warner Music catalogue will mean for any African music artists who are possibly signed with them.
All songs (over 13 million) will also be available via the Android marketplace.
Visit Google Music for more information.