by George A
This article covers the information regarding Google’s music beta service. Since the article was written the service has been opened to invite only. The service allows users to store their music in the cloud and not on their devices. Then the user will be able to stream it from anywhere. Currently users can have up to 20,000 songs uploaded which are about 100 gigabytes of music. Some users have been given more space to around 1 terabyte. Some issues have arisen regarding getting licenses from Sony and Universal Music Group. As the service has progressed Google has streamlined the process meaning the users do not have to make direct uploads to Google’s cloud – they just need to let Google scan the files on their computer. The music is then opened up to the user on the cloud and played from a copy of the song that is already there.
This seems to be the way music will be going in the future. As of right now music beta seems very promising. Google wasn’t able to come to an agreement with Sony and Universal which has led them to leave out some key features of the service. I imagine they will come to an agreement at some point and construct the service the way they truly want to.
The storage space on a handheld device may slowly become less significant as users are always connected to the internet and allowed to access their music from anywhere. Their music will just be in the cloud waiting for them to play it from any device they want. Of course this seems to conflict with the increasing restrictions on data from the cell phone companies. To alleviate this problem the service allows the user to cache a certain amount of songs on the device in order that they don’t have to be downloaded if they were played recently.
Isaac, Mike. (2011 May 10th). Google Launches, “Music Beta,” A Streaming Cloud Service For Tunes. Wired. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/05/google-music-beta-io/