Google launches music, movie services

Google has launched a new music and movie service, the online giant announced today at its annual I/O developers conference in San Francisco, Market Watch reported.

The music service is currently free and on a by-invitation basis. It allows storage of up to 20,000 songs and can automatically suggest music based on listeners’ collection. However, it does not allow users to purchase music directly.

According to the company, the new service was created to be an easier way to access music on multiple devices, rather than having to plug devices into a central library of songs using a cable. “No wires, or painful syncing,” said Google manager Paul Joyce at the conference. “You can stop worrying about where your songs are, and start enjoying your music.”

Regarding the movie service, Google said users can rent movies through the Android Market, and can stream movies on personal computers, tablet devices and handsets, Bloomberg reported.

Google is carving out new forms of entertainment to diversify revenue, boost advertising sales and keep users on its sites longer. The new launches are stepping up competition with Apple and Amazon, which both offer music and film services.

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