Google launches Movies and Music Beta

Google launches Movies and Music BetaGoogle’s I/O event is underway across the Atlantic, so it’s Google mania in the news at the moment. We’ve heard about Honeycomb 3.1 and Ice Cream Sandwich, and now – as we suggested yesterday – Google has officially announced its cloud-based music service.

And, as if all that wasn’t enough, they’ve only gone and announced another brand new service called Movies. No prizes for guessing what’s involved there.

Google Music initially launches in beta form by invite only. Users will be able to upload around 20,000 songs to the cloud, and automatically sync them with all of their Android devices.

Of course, Google Music is going ahead without support from the big labels, so they’ve been busy touting their playlist feature as the unique selling point. Er, not that you have to pay for the service. At least not while it’s in beta.

The playlist feature is called Instant Mix, and Google describes it as “ingenious”. That’ll be a not-so-subtle dig at Apple’s Genius then.

Meanwhile, Google Movies allows users to stream movies from the Android Market. Prices start at $1.99, and will be available for 30 days once purchased. Once you start watching the movie, you have 24 hours in which to finish it.

Google is adding the Movies feature to Honeycomb 3.1 and Gingerbread 2.3 in a new Android update.

Both Music and Movies will offer an offline option, meaning you can watch your films or listen to your music while on the plane or whatever.

But don’t get too excited if you’re on David Cameron’s side of the Atlantic. Music and Movies are US-only at the moment. Boo.

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