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Google launches Google Music

November 17, 2011 |  2:26 pm

DrakeThe online music storage and commerce wars got more competitive today when Google officially debuted Google Music, its integrated MP3 store, cloud storage service and social media service.

Google Music comes half a year after the beta launch of its cloud-storage service that didn't have backing from any major labels. This offical version has co-signs from every major label (except, for now, Warner) and Merlin, a consortium of larger indie labels. It offers free wireless storage accessible across a range of devices and full integration with an MP3 store as part of Android Market. Users can also share tracks across Google's struggling social network platform Google+, and unsigned artists can sell their own songs in the market.

Alex Pham has in-depth reporting on the service's launch, which kicked off at a party in Los Angeles Wednesday night with sets by Drake and Busta Rhymes, at our sister blog Company Town.

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-- August Brown

Photo of Drake by John Shearer/Getty Images for T-Mobile.

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