The music world is still facing the proliferation of downloads and the loss of learning physical, tangible albums, and I think these crazy 3D interfaces are a coping mechanism. The flourishing of Google’s user interface only answers the difficulty of iTunes’ great “Coverflow” user interface.
Out of Beta: New music and apps store
The beta ended six months later and on November 16, 2011, “Google’s Music Beta” became “Google Music”. The service is open to everyone in the United States, without an invitation.
While Google was unable to negotiate deals with record companies during the beta stage, for the official launch the various multi-billion dollar companies set their differences aside and decided that it was a good idea to sell all of the music to us, so Google got its music license.
Well, at least it signed on to three out of four major record labels. Universal, EMI, Sony, and a few smaller labels have all registered and brought in 8 million tracks, while Warner Music exists all year. Independent people don̵7;t need a record label at all – they can sell music through Google’s new “artist hub”, which will list indie songs on the store for a 30% discount.
Google celebrated a milestone in its testing phase with its new friends in the music industry and hosted an all-star party featured by the likes of Drake, Busta Rhymes, and Maroon 5. an article about it in The Hollywood Reporter.
The license meant that Google launched a music store in the Android Market, offering 320 kbps a la carte MP3 purchases for $ 0.69 to $ 1.29 each. The store exists on both the web and on Android, and music purchased on any app syncs instantly with all other apps. Android Market is now starting to look like a serious storefront and selling apps, movies, music, and books. Music purchases can be processed through Google Wallet or, if you’re a T-Mobile customer, simply pay to your monthly bill. As part of the default app store available on every Android device, the Google media store has broad reach once rolled to your country.
The non-beta launch also means a new Android app with a new design. With Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google took full advantage Tronexciting blue laser beam theme and new Google Music app. While the beta always looks very gray, the new Android app (version 4.0, to match the latest operating system) is very blue in color. The now dead service also has a slew of integrations with other Google services, like easy sharing to Google+ (which died in 2019) and the Google TV app (which died in 2014).
The era of Google Play
In March 2012, Google decided “Android Market” was not a great name for products that also work on the web using Windows, Mac and Linux. Consequently, Android Market has become “Google Play”.
All media stores also become Google Play, so in addition to the Google Play Store (apps), you also have Google Play Movies, Google Play Books and Google Play Music. These are some really awkward brands, but things will only get worse in the future. The actual transition on Google Play hasn’t changed much beyond branding. Everything gets a new logo, including the shiny new yellow headphones for the newly named Google Play Music.
2012 Google I / O in June saw Google (Play) Music turn a year old as well as the announcement of the Nexus Q, Google’s first music-focused hardware. The Nexus Q is a crazy-looking futuristic field of media that runs Android, and in addition to being able to stream music and video, it’s an amplifier for bookshelf speakers. When all is plugged in, it looks like one of those scary Sentinel robots, like magnetic ink Matrix.