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Media Watch: Google Opens Digital Music Shop

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood November 18, 2011 at 2:56AM

In order to compete with iTunes and Amazon, Google has boldly launched a series of music features, including a digital music downloads store, reports NYT's Media Decoder. This marks Google's intention to expand as a social network and entertainment source.
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In order to compete with iTunes and Amazon, Google has boldly launched a series of music features, including a digital music downloads store, reports NYT's Media Decoder.  This marks Google's intention to expand as a social network and entertainment source. 

Google Music already offers over 13 million songs, and as a promotion will offer freeloads from bands including the Rolling Stones, Coldplay, and Busta Rhymes. The service allows customers to store their downloads on servers, called "cloud accounts."  Operating through the Android Market, the program will also encourage sharing between users -- giving each consumer an opportunity to share one free listen on any purchased track.

This article is related to: Apple, Google, Media, New Media & Technology


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.