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Google Launches Online Music Download Store

Google Launches Online Music Download Store

Friday 18th November, 2011 9:02AM

Google launched its online music download service this week, joining the likes of Apple's iTunes and Amazon's MP3 store in competition for the online music dollar. They have recruited a bevvy of artists to provide exclusive tracks for the launch including the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, Coldplay and Busta Rhymes.

The service will allow users to purchase MP3's offered by a range of labels from major to independent, with a total of 13 million tracks on offer. Warner Music is the only major to not have signed onto the service.

The exclusive free tracks include the likes of six previously unreleased concerts from the Rolling Stones and a live album from a Pearl Jam show in Toronto in September this year.

The music service will operate in conjunction with Google+, where users will be able to share streams with their 'friends'. The ultimate question is whether anyone - including Google - can knock Apple off their online music-buying throne.





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