Google Music coming to the UK with free scan-and-match service for up to 20,000 tracks

Google Music coming to the UK with free scan-and-match service for up to 20,000 tracksGoogle had a fair bit to announce yesterday what with all the Nexuses and Android 4.2 and all that, but it also detailed a new Google Music scan-and-match service, while will let you store all your digital music in the cloud, accessible free of charge.

Available from November 13, it's also that rarest of things – a Google service that's coming to Europe first before the US, with the new add-on set to be part of the deal when Google Music finally goes live in the UK.

Google's iTunes equivalent will officially start selling music locally in a fortnight, and will be pre-installed on the newly announced Nexus devices as a native service on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Google Music will allow music fans in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain to buy tracks directly from their Android devices or their PC, though we're still waiting for the all-important price-per-track, which could make or break the service for many potential users.

What we do know, however, is that Google Music will offer an iTunes Match-like feature, which will scan your digital music library and make any tracks it recognises available to you on your own personalised cloud-based account.

You'll get a quota of up to 20,000 songs free of charge (a privilege others will charge you upwards of £20 a year for), and you'll be able to play back your tunes on any web-connected device at up to 320kbps quality.

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JImblob  Oct. 30, 2012 at 11:34

At last a Google service that would be useful to me!

Pondlife  Oct. 30, 2012 at 11:51

Have read that music match on itunes can be a bit patchy with more obscure music and you are stuffed if it matches it wrong so on that respect I prefer the upload your own actual music that Google Music was doing in the US.
Good to see it make it over here anyway.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 30, 2012 at 12:45

I'll definitely be using this when it's available here, look genuinely useful (unlike some other Google services *stares at G+*).

Pondlife  Oct. 30, 2012 at 13:05

Movies is being changed to include purchasing as well as renting I've read.

RottnAppl  Nov. 6, 2012 at 15:28

I can finally rid myself of all things Apple :-)

Good times!


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